Gov. Abbott sets date for special runoff election for House District 125 seat

By Patty Santos - Reporter, Rob Garza - Photojournalist

SAN ANTONIO - UPDATE: Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced a date for the State House District 125 special runoff election.

Republican Fred Rangel and Democrat Ray Lopez will take questions ahead of the runoff election in a forum on Tuesday at the Leon Valley Conference Center on Evers Road.

The forum starts at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by the city of Leon Valley, as well as the League of Women Voters. 

The early voting period for the special runoff election will begin March 4. The date of the election will be March 12. 

(Previously)

The race for the vacant seat for State House District 125 is now headed to a special election runoff.

Republican Fred Rangel and Democrat Ray Lopez, the two candidates with the majority of the votes, will face off in the near future.

The race was crowded with five candidates on the ballot, so many people expected a runoff.

Rangel took the lead with about 37 percent of the votes. He also received the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

It was a close call for Lopez with a little over 19 percent of the votes.

Rangel said education, teacher pay and tax reform will be his focus if he’s elected.

Lopez said he will continue fighting for more transportation improvement funding, which he said he's been doing for the past year or so as part of the San Antonio Mobility Coalition.

“People are not just wound up. You get them going. They need to believe in what you are doing. They believe in the message and the need of the community,” Rangel said.

“I said earlier to somebody, 'I never knew how special special elections were.' They are. This upcoming election is certainly going to be more traditional, but we're still going to attack with the same amount of vigor, as we did with this one," Lopez said.

House District 125 encompasses part of the West Side of San Antonio between Loop 1604 and just west of downtown.

Only about 5,000 voters turned out for the special election.

Abbott will decide the date of the special runoff election.

UPDATE: Get the latest election results for this race below.

NAME

PARTY

TOTAL VOTES

PERCENT

EARLY VOTES

PERCENT

Steve Huerta

DEMOCRAT

395

6.46%

279

7.51%

Ray Lopez

DEMOCRAT

1,186

19.41%

706

19.00%

Fred A. Rangel

REPUBLICAN

2,319

37.96%

1,354

36.45%

Coda Rayo-Garza

DEMOCRAT

1.164

19.05%

660

17.77%

Arthur "Art" Reyna

DEMOCRAT

1045

17.10%

715

19.25%

Race Total  

4,649

  3,714  
Precincts Reported   60/60    

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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