Pete Saenz and Roque Vela headed to the December runoff

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- A hotly contested race headed to the December runoff is for the Laredo Mayor position.

Wednesday night's results showed nearly 48-percent of the vote in favor of incumbent Pete Saenz and 28-percent for former Councilman Roque Vela Jr.

Saenz was short of clinching victory to retain his title so he'll be going head to head with Vela.

Both candidates say they'll continue rallying voters. They encourage everyone to come out for the runoff election.