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Gallego brings out Democrats in final campaign stretch

October 28, 2016 GMT

Democrat Pete Gallego brought along political reinforcements Friday when he spoke to a crowd of veterans on the city’s East Side.

The candidate looking to reclaim his seat as the representative for U.S. Congressional District 23 had Reps. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, on hand as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“This is the most important election on the ballot,” Doggett said as he introduced Gallego. Gallego and Rep. Will Hurd, R- Helotes, are locked into a tight race for the district that stretches from San Antonio to El Paso.

Hurd also claims support from veterans and has touted his legislative accomplishments in his one term in Congress.

Standing under banners for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, speakers at the East Side event repeatedly cast Gallego as the better choice for families and one who better represents the district. Hurd was linked to Donald Trump and criticized for not speaking out against the Republican nominee earlier in the campaign. He was painted as a partisan politician.

Referring to him as “Mr. Hurd,” Gallego said he “does what he’s told to do” the majority of the time, calling his style “followship, not leadership.”

The two squared off in a debate Thursday, where Hurd painted Gallego as an ineffective lawmaker.

With a week of early voting left, Gallego urged the crowd to go vote now, not later.

Friday is also the last day to request a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 8 election.

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