What Happens to Gallegos' Senate Seat?

Hey, Texplainer: What will happen to the state Senate seat of Mario Gallegos, who passed away on Tuesday?

State Sen. Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston, died Tuesday as a result of complications from a liver transplant several years ago.

Because he died fewer than 74 days before the general election, his name will still appear on the ballot, according to state election laws.

If Gallegos’ opponent, Republican R.W. Bray, is elected, he will take the seat. But Gallegos is heavily favored to win in the district, where President Obama took 63.5 percent of the vote in 2008.

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