Gov. Abbott can call special election to replace Rep. Farenthold


Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the governor can call a special election to replace a retiring congressman, even as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether his district was drawn to marginalize Hispanic voters.

Paxton’s non-binding opinion Monday says that a court would likely side with Abbott if he determines the Corpus Christi-based district being vacated by Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold faces “an emergency.”

Farenthold recently resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Farenthold drew public attention when information surfaced that he used $84,000 of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint from his former spokeswoman.

After the primary in March, two GOP candidates, Michael Cloud and Bech Bruun, are headed to the runoff election on May 22.

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