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      Lt. Governor race heats up in RGV

      Democratic candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor, Leticia Van de Putte visited the Rio Grande Valley Monday to garner support in her campaign.

      It was not Van de Putte's first time in the RGV, but it was her first visit on the campaign trail.

      The state senator from San Antonio is on a nine day, 2,500 mile campaign trip and made the RGV one of her first stops.

      Van de Putte met with supporters in the McAllen Monday after visiting the Pharr International Bridge.

      With such a fast growing community Van de Putte told her supporters she sees the RGV not just a place to gain support but to support the Texas economy as a whole.

      "I think most people don't realize what an economic engine it will be for the entire state because of the $720 million per day the trade with Mexico, Van de Putte said. It will only get better and as Lt. Gov. I would be focused on how to maximize on economic opportunities in the RGV."

      Van de Putte voiced her disappointment in the current Texas administration's refusal of Medicaid expansion and said if elected she will seek to access those federal dollars.

      Van de Putte also vowed to use the rainy day fund to build up the states infrastructure to help facilitate business and trade.