I've said all along that Vero has it in the bag. All the vote counting would be just a formality. She's the winner. That's not a good thing for democracy, but El Paso just isn't into democracy these days.
For some reason Vero and friends felt it was not enough to simply win. They wanted others who dared to try to beat them to fail. The character assassination was not necessary. It's just plain mean. It's also a sign of how they run their political show - which is a lot like how third world dictators do things.
But... all that did happen and now unpleasantries are spread among all.
Vero had to come out and defend her husband's job with the Trump administration and it was ugly. I almost felt bad for her. However, it's hard to feel bad for her when she brought this on herself. She had Jaime Abeytia attack Dori's husband relentlessly. For some reason they never figured that Dori's camp would point out the obvious irony in that attack - Vero's husband is a Republican too... a much more well liked and well connected Republican than Dori's husband.
Vero had the nerve to claim her husband is not running for the office so it's not an issue. Yet she told Jaime to make Dori's husband an issue. I really have to question her judgement. Or at a minimum, I have to question her grip on reality. If you throw rocks, expect them to be thrown back at you. If you don't like being hit by rocks, throw cotton balls.
It didn't have to come down to embarrassing pleas to leave her husband out of this. If she campaigned the way she used to it would have been a simple coronation with no hurt feelings. It also wouldn't have ended up with her campaign manager Susie being investigated by the very board she sits on. None of this had to happen!
But... that's what happens when you try to rule with the sword instead of the pen. They'll win, but it's going to hurt in the long run.