Crowded field seeks US House seat for South Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:02 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Eight Democrats and three Republicans are vying for a new U.S. House seat anchored in Brownsville.

They include a district attorney facing federal fraud charges and an ex-prosecutor who once indicted Dick Cheney.

If no candidate wins a majority of the votes for their party's nomination during the May 29 primary, a runoff will be held July 31.

Brownsville Democratic District Attorney Armando Villalobos was indicted May 8.

Meanwhile, perceived Democratic front-runner Filemon Vela is an attorney who some Republicans claim mulled seeking the GOP nomination.

Another Democrat, Juan Angel Guerra indicted the then-vice president in 2008, alleging responsibility for prisoner abuse in a Texas federal detention center.

With no reliable polling, it's hard to tell if one of them — or the eight other congressional hopefuls — might emerge.

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