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Cesar Blanco ahead of Norma Chavez for District 76 Democratic seat

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- Cesar Blanco appears to be one step closer to becoming the new District 76 Texas state representative.

In the Democratic runoff race, as of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Blanco had 68 percent of the vote, while his opponent Norma Chavez had 32 percent in what was the most closely watched election in El Paso.

Chavez stopped by Blanco's campaign party to concede and congratulate him.

"I am excited to have participated in the greatest right that the American people have, and that's the right to vote, they made a decision today, and wish for absolutely nothing but the best for Mr. Cesar Blanco," Chavez said.

I feel honored that the voters in District 76 gave me the opportunity to advance to the general election. Were humbled by it, Blanco said. The journey continues; we still have the general election to run.

The two entered a runoff dafter defeating current District 76 Rep. Naomi Gonzalez back in March.

Gonzalez made headlines last year following her drunken driving arrest in Austin.

District 76 encompasses most of south of Interstate 10 from the eastern edge of downtown to the western edge of Socorro.

It also includes some of El Paso's poorest neighborhoods.

Blanco will now face Libertarian Jose Alejandro Lozano in the Nov. 4 general election.