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Democrat Christina Morales wins Texas Home seat previously held by Carol Alvarado

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Democrat Christina Morales has handily gained the particular election runoff to fill the previous Texas Home seat of state Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday night time, Morales had 61 p.c of the vote to 39 p.c for fellow Democrat Melissa Noriega, in line with unofficial returns. Morales is the president of her household’s funeral dwelling in Houston’s East Finish, whereas Noriega is a former Houston Metropolis Council member who briefly held the Home seat over a decade in the past.

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Alvarado gave up the seat in Home District 145 when she gained a promotion to the higher chamber in December.

Morales and Noriega had been the highest two finishers within the preliminary eight-way contest for HD-145, which was held Jan. 29. Morales received 36 p.c of that vote, whereas Noriega acquired 31 p.c within the preliminary contest.

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Morales had the assist of U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, who Alvarado changed within the Texas Senate. Morales was additionally aided by the identical marketing campaign workforce that helped elect Alvarado in December.

There may be nonetheless yet another vacant seat within the Legislature — that of former Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, now a Bexar County commissioner. That emptiness will likely be stuffed by a March 12 particular election runoff between Democrat Ray Lopez and Republican Fred Rangel. Early voting in that race began Monday.

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