El Paso Democrat Lyda Ness-Garcia, who is challenging state Rep. Marissa Márquez for her seat in the Texas House, told police she was attacked outside her home by two people.
Ness-Garcia said the attackers told her, "You better hope you don't win" and threatened her family's safety.
In a statement, Ness-Garcia writes:
“The attackers made clear that their motives were political, but because this is an active law enforcement matter, I will not go in to further details as to the nature of the attack.”
Ness-Garcia was treated for bruises and released from a minor-emergency clinic. The Texas Rangers, along with the El Paso Police Department, are investigating the matter.
Marquez also released a statement:
"I'm sorry this happened to her and her family. This has no place in politics and I hope the investigation unfolds quickly. I'm sure I echo the sentiments of all candidates when I say that we stand ready to assist in any way possible."