Cisneros, Cuellar head to runoff in Texas : NPR


It is a rematch in South Texas: Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar faces a major problem from progressive candidate Jessica Cisneros. Two years in the past, Cuellar narrowly defeated Cisneros to carry on to his seat.

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It is a rematch in South Texas: Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar faces a major problem from progressive candidate Jessica Cisneros. Two years in the past, Cuellar narrowly defeated Cisneros to carry on to his seat.

Kevin Dietsch/Getty Photos; Brandon Bell/Getty Photos

The first battle between longtime Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, a fixture of South Texas politics, and progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros will proceed on.

Neither candidate acquired greater than 50% of the vote in Tuesday’s major, based on The Related Press, that means each will advance to a runoff in Might. A 3rd candidate, Tannya Benavides, received a small share of the vote and has been eradicated.

The Republican major is about for a runoff as properly.

Cuellar, 66, is a nine-term congressman who holds right-leaning stances on abortion rights and different points, and is taken into account one of the crucial conservative members of the Home Democratic caucus. Two years in the past, he gained a slender 4-point victory in opposition to Cisneros, a 28-year-old immigration lawyer who has the backing of progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

This yr’s major was jolted in January, when the FBI raided Cuellar’s marketing campaign workplace and Laredo residence in a probe for which the specifics stay murky.

Cuellar has not been publicly accused of against the law by the regulation enforcement company, however the raid — reportedly stemming from an investigation into U.S. businessmen and their ties to Azerbaijan, a element NPR has not confirmed — offered marketing campaign assaults for Cisneros, and quieted institution assist for Cuellar.

Cuellar denied any wrongdoing and campaigned on the funding he is introduced again to the district. He painted Cisneros as a far-left, anti-police candidate whose politics would not be capable of work throughout the aisle and get issues completed in Congress.

Cisneros leaned closely on the FBI raid and its implications that Cuellar is beholden to pursuits exterior the district’s working individuals.

A latest 30-second marketing campaign spot from Cisneros’ marketing campaign devoted 20 seconds to the FBI raid on Cuellar’s properties, countering Cisneros as a fresh-faced different, unburdened by company particular pursuits.

Republicans have their eye on the seat, particularly after making positive aspects in South Texas within the 2020 election.

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