Pete Gallego

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Democrat Pete Gallego is in a tight race to win back the U.S. Congressional District 23 seat he lost to Republican Will Hurd two years ago. Before Election Day, Texas Public Radio asked both candidates to discuss the values and experience that guide their decisions. Former Congressman Gallego, from Alpine, says a family history of activism and belief in education drive him to public service.

The candidates for Texas’ U.S. House District 23 faced off Thursday in the only debate of the campaign, hosted by KSAT-12.

One of the Republicans who is calling on Donald Trump to abandon his presidential bid is Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican who represents Texas’s 23rd congressional district. Hurd is also facing a tough race for re-election against Democrat Pete Gallego.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Aaron Schrank of Texas Public Radio about the race.

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The Democrat running in U.S. House District 23 is playing the “Trump” card. Pete Gallego believes Republican Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric has so offended voters in this predominantly Latino border district that he can reclaim the seat he narrowly lost to Republican Will Hurd two years ago.

In an eatery in the border town of Eagle Pass, a Donald Trump piñata hangs from the ceiling. Democrat congressional candidate Pete Gallego’s campaign is hosting this first presidential debate watch party. Guadalupe Cardona’s eyes burn as he watched Trump on TV.

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Accusations are flying in the rematch election for U.S. House District 23. The candidates recently challenged each other’s support for military families at campaign events in San Antonio this weekend.

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