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Incumbent State Rep. in District 77 leads in primary

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- It appears incumbent Democratic District 77 state Rep. Marisa Marquez will win a re-election over fellow Democratic challenger Lyda Ness-Garcia.

As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, early numbers indicate Marquez with a substantial lead with 66 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for Ness-Garcia.

"I'm very grateful at this point, very very grateful that so many people participated, it's overwhelming to see those types of numbers at this point," Marquez said. "It feels great to know that they believe in the vision that we have for this community, that we work well with our peers and our local governmental entities and we're gonna continue to do that. My family has been here for many generations, we know the needs of this community we know what needs to be done, we know how great we can be, and I want to be a part of that."

KFOX14 also stopped by Ness-Garcia's election party. She said he was disappointed with the numbers, but said she will stay positive and concentrate on all the support she received.

"I feel great, and the reason I feel great is because I have discovered, there's an amazing community out there, and I'm sorry it's kind of emotional for me, because these people have been with me for like two months, and we've been seeing each other day in and day out, and I've been knocking on doors and hugged by total strangers and thanked by them, so it's an overwhelming experience regardless of the outcome, I'm very thankful," Ness-Garcia said. "I still believe I'm the right choice because I've demonstrated over 20 years that I've been committed to my community, I've also been a committed Democrat and this primary is really about who is the best Democrat. But I'm happy I got to do this for my community."

District 77 encompasses downtown El Paso, much of the westside and a sliver of the northeast.

Both candidates engaged in a hostile campaign against each other, seemingly slinging mud any chance they could get.

Marquez told KFOX14 said she doesn't know if Ness-Garcia will call to congratulate her, but said she hopes she does.