AOC-backed Texas progressive Jessica Cisneros concedes the feature race

Progressive Texas congressional candidate Jessica Cisneros, supported by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, defeated incumbent Representative Henry Cuellar in the Democratic primary.

Cuellar, a moderate anti-abortion opponent, had declared victory over his left-wing challenger in May’s runoff, but the race was too close to be called for weeks after Cisneros requested a recount. On Tuesday, election officials concluded that Cuellar won by a few more votes than originally reported.

“As I said on election night, ‘the margin will hold’ — and it has not only held, it has grown,” Cuellar said in a statement.

“To those who did not vote for me, I will continue to work diligently for you in Washington as your congressman. While we differ on certain positions, we have common ground on many issues to improve our communities and strengthen families,” Cuellar said.

“Now is the time to come together and win the November general election,” he added.

Henry Cuellar
Henry Cuellar defeated his progressive opponent Cisneros in their main race.

According to the Democratic Party, Cuellar won the 28th congressional district by 289 votes after the recount.

In her Declaration of ConcessionCisneros blamed her loss on “a corrupt political machine, Republican-funded super-PACs, the Koch brothers, private prisons, Big Oil, the Chamber of Commerce, dark money groups, Big Pharma, and almost the entire Washington Democratic Party establishment.”

“With that narrow margin, it’s clear that without their aggressive interference in the lives of South Texas families, we would have won,” she said.

“The biggest thing that keeps us from driving the change we deserve is their fear. Fear of change, fear of the future.”

Cisneros previously received the support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

She vowed to keep working to get the left-leaning Texas Democrats elected to Congress.

“After a hard-fought primary, South Texas voters have spoken and decided that Henry Cuellar will once again represent them in Washington to continue his work of leading the Borderland and championing hard-working middle-class families from Laredo to San Antonio,” he said Texas Democratic Party leader Gilberto Hinojosa in a statement.

“We are grateful to Jessica Cisneros for the positive campaign she ran – she shed a light on the issues that are really affecting South Texas. We all know that she will continue to fight for South Texans as we rally behind our candidate, Henry Cuellar.”

After the May 24 election, Cuellar — who has represented Texas’ 28th Circuit since 2005 — had a margin of just 177 votes over his progressive opponent. Cuellar faces Republican nominee Cassy Garcia in November as the GOP seeks to regain control in the House of Representatives. AOC-backed Texas progressive Jessica Cisneros concedes the feature race


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