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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, in keeping with The Related Press, which means each will advance to a runoff in Might. A 3rd candidate, Tannya Benavides, obtained a small share of the vote and has been eradicated.
The Republican major is about for a runoff as nicely.
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 vital conservative members of the Home Democratic caucus. Two years in the past, he gained a slim 4-point victory towards Cisneros, a 28-year-old immigration legal professional who has the backing of progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
This 12 months’s major was jolted in January, when the FBI raided Cuellar’s marketing campaign workplace and Laredo dwelling 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 help 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 to work throughout the aisle and get issues performed in Congress.
Cisneros leaned closely on the FBI raid and its implications that Cuellar is beholden to pursuits exterior the district’s working folks.
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 various, unburdened by company particular pursuits.
Republicans have their eye on the seat, particularly after making positive aspects in South Texas within the 2020 election.