AUSTIN, Texas — Maverick County might just be the key to who wins the Democratic primary among John Bustamante, state Rep. Pete Gallego and former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, of District 28, in mammoth congressional District 23.
Gallego is the favorite. He has raised and spent at least two-and-a-half times as much money as Rodriguez, his chief rival. Gallego has secured most of the coveted endorsements, including that of Rodriguez and Bustamante’s hometown newspaper, the San Antonio Express-News.
But in Eagle Pass, the seat of Maverick County, 260 miles from Gallego’s home in Alpine, Gallego’s name and face are not as well known as Rodriguez’. Democrats here still think redistricting was responsible for Rodriguez losing his seat in Congress after two terms in 2010 to the current incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco.