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Houston Democrat mayor candidate Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee runs ad with wrong date for mayoral runoff

The advertisement urges voters to go to the polls "on or before December 7th," even though the election is two days later.

Published: December 4, 2023 11:45am

Updated: December 4, 2023 1:50pm

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee released an advertisement for her campaign for Houston mayor urging supporters to vote for her on the incorrect day.

The runoff election to replace Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner is Saturday, Dec. 9, but her advertisement that aired on Houston television markets told voters to go to the polls Dec. 7 or earlier, Mediate reported Sunday.

Jackson Lee's runoff is against fellow Democrat, Texas State Sen. John Whitmire.

The advertisement shows Jackson Lee touting her record on safety, women's rights and funding for police, schools and small businesses. It ends with a photo of Jackson Lee, her campaign logo and the message "Vote on or before December 7th."

Jackson Lee has already faced difficulties this election cycle after a leaked tape showed her going on a profane tirade against a congressional staffer. She has since expressed regret over the matter.

Several weeks ago, Jackson was heard in a viral audio tape berating a staffer for what she considered his incompetence. 

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