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Filemon Vela's resignationJust two weeks ago, Democrats looked likely to cruise to victory this November in Texas’s Thirty-fourth Congressional District. From fishermen and rocket scientists in Brownsville to ranchers and oil field workers southeast of San Antonio, most voters in the district have voted blue for as long as it has existed. Even after incumbent representative Filemon Vela announced last year that he would retire from Congress after his term ends, Democrats had an easy replacement: Representative Vicente Gonzalez, of the next-door Fifteenth district, who decided to run in the Thirty-fourth after his McAllen neighborhood was redistricted into Vela’s turf. Then, late last month, Vela made another retirement announcement. Instead of waiting until the end of his term to vacate his seat, he announced his resignation, effective immediately.…

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