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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 1:26am
EL PASO, TX — Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke and Republican Barbara Carrasco were at the polls making the last few hours count and spreading their message one last time.
"One priority is the economy, and getting more jobs in El Paso. There are almost 30,000 people out of work right now so we've gotta fix things like our international bridges so that we can get more trade and shoppers flowing through here,” said O'Rourke.
Barbara Carrasco also commented on the economy.
"One of the first things that I will do is work on a budget. we need a budget so that we can get our economy moving forward so we can quit spending money, know where our tax dollars are going and get the unemployed in El Paso back to work," said Carrasco.
O'Rourke, a former city councilman, defeated incumbent Reyes in the Democratic primaries earlier this year.
"Congressman Reyes is someone to whom we owe our respect and gratitude for his 16 years of service and I definitely want to build the good things he's been a part of,” said O'Rourke.
Carrasco is a small business owner, who wants to become the first Republican to win the seat since 1963.
“ Congressman Reyes had his appointments because it was a Democratic controlled house. The composition has changed. It's a Republican held house now and I am a republican,” said Carrasco.
Both candidates say no matter what the outcome they want a better El Paso.