By MONICA ZUÑIGA
Special to the PRESS
Races left unresolved in the Democratic and Republican primaries were settled in runoff elections Tuesday.
The following are unofficial tallies with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
In the Democratic District 34 Congressional race, Filemon Vela was the victor with 66.63 percent of the vote over Denise Saenz-Blanchard’s 33.36 percent, or 15,625 votes to 7,824. Vela also took early voting, 9,153 to Blanchard’s 4,473.
In the Republican race for the District 34 Congressional seat, Jessica Puente Bradshaw beat Adela Garza with 55.34 percent of the vote to the latter’s 44.65 percent, or 5,308 to 4,283. Garza, who also fell shy to Bradshaw in early voting with 2,144 votes to the winner’s 2,321, reportedly conceded via telephone call the night of the runoff.
Despite losing on Election Day by a near 3,000-vote margin, a strong showing during early voting secured the Democratic race for District 2 State Board of Education for Ruben Cortez, Jr., who defeated Celeste Zepeda Sanchez with a total of 20,252 votes to 19,794, or 50.57 percent of the vote to 49.42 percent. Cortez fared well in early voting, besting Sanchez with 13,297 votes to 10,493. Sanchez, however, had a better showing on Election Day, topping the eventual winner with 9,301 votes to 6,955.
To secure the Democratic candidacy in the Cameron County District Attorney’s race, Luis V. Saenz was victorious over Carlos Masso by a narrow margin, 8,063 votes to 7,712. The margin was just as narrow during early voting as 4,346 ballots were cast in Saenz’s favor while Masso accounted for 4,182.
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