Former President Bill Clinton is making two Texas stops to give Democrats in tight U.S. House races a boost.
Clinton held a rally Thursday in San Antonio for Democratic congressional hopeful Pete Gallego, who is locked in one of the closest congressional races in the country.
Gallego spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna says Clinton headlined the rally for Democrats, featuring the state lawmaker Thursday at South San Antonio High School. The rally will took place at the Ron Durban Athletic Center.
Gallego, a longtime state lawmaker, is trying to take the sprawling 23rd Congressional District from Republican U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco, who narrowly won the seat in 2010.
The race is among only a handful of toss-ups in Texas as the Nov. 6 election approaches.
Also speaking at the rally Rep. Joaquin Castro.
People started lining up just before 1 p.m. on Thursday, some carrying their own momentos to show their support for Clinton and President Obama.
The people who did get into the rally gave Clinton rave reviews and said they felt politically energized as they left.
"He just woke me up," said Doris Griffin. "I'm just excited. I hope everybody gets as excited about this election as I am."
Sam Galloway agreed.
"We already voted, my son and I, but we're going to go out and get as many democrats as possible," he said.
Later Thursday, Clinton will head to Beaumont for former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson. Lampson is vying with Republican state Rep. Randy Weber for the seat of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who is retiring.
Clinton also visited Texas swing districts in 2010, but his efforts were largely unsuccessful in stopping Republican victories.