To Hold Seat, Democrats Must Vote for Late Senator

State Sen. Mario Gallegos Jr. died Tuesday after a long illness, just days before voters begin filling in ballots that include the Houston Democrat's name. So starts a cringe-inducing change of power that occurs not when an officeholder loses a re-election bid, but when one dies shortly before Election Day and only days before the start of early voting.

It's too late to replace Gallegos on the ballot. If the late senator wins next month, his party has a chance to hold his seat in the state Senate. Should voters instead turn to the live Republican on the ...

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