HOUSTON -

State Sen. Mario Gallegos posthumously won re-election Tuesday against Republican challenger RW Bray.

However, Gallegos' victory means Gov. Rick Perry will have to call for a special election to determine who will represent the voters in State Senate District 6. Gallegos passed away in October.

"It was very important to him and to my family, my children, because he worked so hard to get where he was," said Gallegos' widow, Theresa Gallegos.

Gallegos' family worked until the last vote was counted to ensure a victory. Gallegos' family provided the late state senator a well spring of support for every election since he was first elected to the state Senate in 1994. This was an emotional victory for the family, all acknowledging this would be the last time they would vote for him.

"It's been very bittersweet the last couple of weeks, the loss of my husband and all the people coming out to support him," said Theresa Gallegos.

Theresa Gallegos said her husband asked his supporters to help keep his legacy alive and to help keep the district in the hands of a Democrat.

Perry will now have to appoint someone to serve the rest of Mario Gallegos' term and he has 20 days to call for a special election.