AUSTIN (KXAN) - With only a few hours left to convince voters to head to the polls, Raul Rosa and his wife Guadalupe pounded the pavement in East Austin on Friday.
"Here, honey," Raul told his wife, handing her a stack of door-hangers reading "Re-elect Lloyd Doggett." "Let's split up. You go this way, and I'll go that way."
Covering as much territory as possible on the last day of early voting, the Rosas knew how close this congressional race could be.
In a newly drawn District 35, longtime Congressman Doggett faces a strong competitor in the Democratic primary – Bexar County Tax Assessor Sylvia Romo . While Doggett's liberal base in Austin still stands, the recently extended area in San Antonio could be to Romo's advantage.
"This district is predominantly Latino, and I believe that the men and women of this district want a member of Congress who understands their needs and their concerns," Romo told KXAN. "Not another millionaire who is more concerned about being re-elected and fighting with other politicians to boost his own name recognition."
Doggett, who was first elected to the House in 1994, was worth as much as $8.3 million in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. While his finances have aided his campaign, supporters like the Rosas said his record speaks for itself.
"I've known him for 25 years," he said. "He always takes my calls."
Regarding the Latino vote, Raul said he and his wife are proof Doggett can muster support with that group, as well. The neighborhood they canvassed was primarily Spanish-speaking, not a problem for the bilingual couple.
"Without more neighbors like veteran Raul Rosa voting and working this weekend to get neighbors to vote Tuesday, our community won't have a Democratic voice in Congress," Doggett told KXAN. "Like every group endorsing in this race, from Tejano Democrats to Firefighters, Raul knows my heart and my commitment to stand up to Rick Perry and extremist Republican policies."
Hitting another home, Raul found himself nearly shouting to a potential supporter over the bellowing bark of her dog on the other side of a fence. The woman took his door-hanger and thanked him, before he walked back down the driveway to join his wife.
"I'm not going to let a dog stop me," he laughed. "If it's out of the fence, I'll run. It's worth it to get just one more vote."
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.