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Contentious Race Between SA Democrats For Texas Senate Seat Ends Tuesday


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The special election to replace Senator Leticia Van de Putte has been in ugly one, and tomorrow voters will put an end to it.

Already serving in the Texas House of Representatives, both Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez have battled through the young year of 2015 to fill Van de Putte's position in District 26 as the senator runs for mayor of San Antonio.

That race really heated up after the San Antonio Express-News reported that Texans for Lawsuit Reform, a political action committee that typically supports Republicans, spent nearly $180,000 on the race to support Menéndez, a Democrat.

On the flip-side, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, an opponent of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, dropped about $370,000 on Martinez Fischer's campaign, the Express-News reported.

The candidates traded barbs over special interests and campaign financing during KLRN's February 6 episode of "Texas Week."

Both Democrats survived a packed field during the January special election, with Martinez Fischer garnering 43 percent of the vote and Menéndez taking home 25 percent of the vote.

In a less divisive special election, former District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal has been running against Republican Nunzio Previtera. While this race to represent House District 123, vacated by Mike Villarreal who is running for San Antonio mayor, a group of Previtera's supporters circulated a nasty flyer depicting Bernal as the devil and criticizing the former council member's support of LGBT civil rights in the Alamo City, Out In SA reported.

For information on polling hours and locations, visit the Bexar County Elections Department.

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