"RicRod" takes early vote for Hidalgo County DA

Challenger Ricardo Rodriguez

A challenger has taken the early vote in one of Hidalgo County's most hotly-contested Democratic Party primary races.

Ricardo "Ric" Rodriguez received 63.2 percent of the early vote compated to 36.8 percent for longtime incumbent District Attorney Rene Guerra.

The numbers were reported on the Hidalgo County Elections Department website shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Rodriguez received 20,259 votes compared to 11,757 votes for Guerra.

The race for the district attorney's race was described as perhaps one of the most contested in the Rio Grande Valley.

On Saturday, the CBS new program "48 Hours" featured the race during a report about the unsolved 1960 murder of beauty queen Irene Garza.