UPDATE: Veronica Escobar is projected to win the U.S. Representative seat for District 16, which includes El Paso.
The former El Paso County Judge had a commanding lead following early voting and is expected to maintain it.
ORIGINAL: Veronica Escobar is another step closer to becoming the first Latina elected to represent Texas in Congress.
Escobar, the Democratic nominee, has 68 percent of the vote through early voting, followed by 27 for Republican Rick Seeberger and 4 percent for Independent Ben Mendoza. The three of them are running for U.S. Representative, District 16, which is currently held by Beto O’Rourke.
Escobar defeated former El Paso Independent School District board president Dori Fenenbock in the Democratic primary. Prior to running for Congress, she served two terms as El Paso County Judge.
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Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is leading Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones after early voting.
The district has spans from El Paso to San Antonio.