The November elections will carry on into March for some Harris County residents.

After the death of Sen. Mario Gallegos Jr. in October, voters in Texas Senate District 6 voted overwhelmingly to re-elect him posthumously. From there, the governor set a special election in January, which netted eight candidates, including Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and current state Rep. Carol Alvarado. Those two carried the most votes, but since neither walked away with more than 50 percent of the total, yet another election had to be set.

Today, Gov. Rick Perry set the runoff election date for March 2.

Sen. Gallegos, Jr. served close to 22 years in the legislature and was remembered fondly from lawmakers from both parties. Gov. Perry personally sent his condolences after learning of the Senator’s death, and ordered the flags outside the Capitol to be lowered to half-staff.

Early voting for the special election will run from Feb. 20-26.