Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), a Democrat, and Republican Peter Flores are running for State Senate District 19. Credit: Courtesy / Bob Daemmrich (Gallego) and campaign website (Flores)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has picked Sept. 18 as the date of the special election runoff to replace convicted former State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), lawyers revealed Monday as they appeared in court for a case challenging the eligibility of one of the candidates.

Early voting will run Sept. 10-14, the lawyers said.

The runoff pits Republican Pete Flores against Democrat Pete Gallego. They were the top two finishers in the first round of the special election, which was held July 31 and included six other candidates.

The runoff date was first revealed Monday by lawyers appearing in Travis County court for a case challenging the eligibility of Gallego, the former congressman and longtime state lawmaker from West Texas. Abbott issued a proclamation officially setting the date of the runoff shortly after the hearing was over.

The Republican Party of Texas is suing to remove Gallego from the ballot, alleging he does not live in the district as required by state law. At a court hearing in Travis County Monday, a lawyer for the state party unsuccessfully sought to block the Texas Secretary of State from certifying the candidates for the runoff.

Uresti resigned earlier this year after being found guilty of 11 felonies, including securities fraud and money laundering, prompting a special election to replace him.

 

Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune

Patrick Svitek is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune and editor of The Blast, the Tribune's subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders.