In a rare double runoff, two candidates on the Republican side and two candidates on the Democratic side will run for the District 27 Congressional seat in the May runoff election.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
You voted yesterday, or early, but you will have to go to the polls again.
There will be a runoff election for the District 27 Congressional race on both the Democratic and Republican side.
In Tuesday's Primary Election, ten candidates vied for the District 27 seat in Congress, currently held by Blake Farenthold. Now four move on to a runoff election: two on the Republican side and two on the Democratic side.
On the Republican side, Bech Bruun and Michael Cloud advance to the runoff.
The reason is because in a Primary race you have to get more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright. Out of six GOP candidates, they were the top two vote-getters, but neither got more than 50 percent.
It is the same story on the Democratic side. Eric Holguin and Roy Barrera had the most votes, so out of the four Democrats who ran in this Primary, they will compete once more in the runoff.
Now it is back to the campaign trail for another two months those four candidates.
KRIS 6 political analyst Dr. David Smith says runoffs are not uncommon, but this double runoff is rare.
Bech Bruun faces Michael Cloud after a tight race on the Republican ballot. Bruun led slightly at the polls Tuesday.
"We're going to continue to talk about the same things we've been talking about in this Primary. We want to talk about economic development, taking care of our veterans, border security," Bruun said.
With the field narrowed down, each candidate hopes their message will reach more voters . "When it comes to somebody to serve in Washington D.C. we've seen the same old, same old, and we sent that and haven't gotten the results we want. So I think people are really looking for somebody who can represent the people," Cloud said.
On the Democratic side, Raul Barrera faces Eric Holguin.
Political newcomer Barrera led the polls Tuesday. He is highlighting his four decades of experience as a public servant.
"If I came from a migrant family, and I make it all the way to the top, your kids can do the same. So we're fighting for everybody," Barrera said.
Holguin aims to offer a fresh political perspective.
"People want to see some new energy. They like to see young people stepping up to fight for their communities. I'm here, I'm ready to fight, I have the experience," Holguin said.
Dr. Smith says voters will look at residency and experience. But the key to winning?
"Utimately it's going to have the better message, and who is able to mobilize the voters for a second balloting come May," Dr. Smith said.
Both the Nueces County Republican Party Chair, Mike Bergsma, and the Democratic Party Chair Elect, Coretta Graham, tell KRIS 6 News their parties will not endorse a candidate in the runoff race.
They will, however, push to get out the vote in Nueces County.
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