In an unusual move, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) scheduled the special election to replace resigned Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) for a period just over a month after the May 22nd run-off election. Arguing that the area needs representation in the final stages of the current congressional session because of issues involving the Hurricane Harvey clean up funding, Gov. Abbott received legal support from Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) to invoke an emergency election timetable to fill the vacancy. This means the normal deadlines governing the candidate filing period and election structure are superseded.
In this new contest, now scheduled for June 30th with the candidate filing deadline already upon us by close of business Friday, contenders will appear on one ballot with the top two candidates advancing to a run-off election to be scheduled at a later date. The Governor’s staff confirms that the secondary vote wlll occur sometime in early September. Both Republicans competing in the run-off election and Roy Barrera, one of two Democrats qualifying for that party’s run-off, say they will file for the special election.
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