AOC backs progressive Jessica Cisneros’ call to track ballots

Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has urged Democratic primary voters in Texas’ 28th congressional district to keep an eye on their absentee ballots as a possible recount looms in the runoff between AOC’s preferred candidate Jessica Cisneros , and Acting Rep. Henry Cuellar.

“The Cisneros race is not over yet,” Ocasio-Cortez said tweeted Wednesday evening. “If you’re in TX28, you need to track your absentee ballot.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet also shared a post by Cisneros that linked to the ballot tracker page on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

“If your absentee ballot has been denied, call our Voter Protection Line: 956-413-7752 and we’ll help you heal it,” Cisneros tweeted, using a term referring to voters fixing bugs to ensure that your vote will be counted. “We will not stop fighting until every vote is counted. #TX28.”

On Wednesday night, Cuellar led Cisneros with just 175 votes from more than 45,000 ballots cast in Tuesday’s runoff. It was not immediately clear how many provisional ballots remained to be counted, nor was it immediately clear if any wards in the district had unreported votes.

The Texas Secretary of State’s office did not immediately respond to the Post’s inquiry about how many ballots remained in the race to be counted.

Under Texas law, candidates may request a recount at their own expense within five days of an election or two days after a completed election, whichever is later.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tweet also shared a post by Cisneros that provided details on how voters can track their mail-in ballots.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet also shared a post by Cisneros that provided details on how voters can track their mail-in ballots.

The Cisneros campaign did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Although the race has not yet been officially declared, Cuellar declared victory early Wednesday morning.

“Tonight the 28th congressional district spoke and we saw our great democratic system at work,” Cuellar wrote in a Statement posted on Twitter. “The results are in, all the votes have been counted — I’m honored to be re-elected again as the Democratic nominee for Congress.”

Jessica Cisneros has yet to concede, telling supporters Wednesday that
Jessica Cisneros is yet to back down, telling supporters Wednesday that “we clearly have a chance to topple the last anti-choice Democrat in Congress.”
AP Photo/Eric Gay, file

The Texas Democrat thanked his supporters and family, as well as House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) for his support.

“Finally, I want to congratulate Jessica on a hard fought campaign,” he wrote. “I look forward to working with her and all Texans in the 28th Precinct to move forward and win in November! Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve you in Congress and I will continue to uphold our values ​​in South Texas. Thank you and God bless America.”

Cisneros hasn’t cashed in yet, says supporters on Wednesday that “we clearly have a chance to bring down the last anti-choice Democrat in Congress” while absentee ballots continue to be processed.

AOC said Jessica Cisnero's campaign isn't over yet and supported a recount.
AOC said Jessica Cisnero’s campaign isn’t over yet and supported a recount.
AP Photo/Eric Gay

On Record Night, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Democratic leaders like Clyburn and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for supporting Cuellar, saying the party “shouldn’t be an incumbent protection bat.”

“On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, the Democratic Party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent to be investigated in a close primary. Robocalls, fundraisers, all that,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Twitter thread. “Accountability is not partisan. It was a complete failure of leadership.”

“Congress shouldn’t be an established protection racket, and unfortunately it’s treated that way by far too many,” she continued. “The fact is, those who fail their communities deserve to lose. They don’t need to be rescued by powerful leaders who declare they fight for gun safety, free choice and more.”

The “Squad” member claimed that if Cuellar is declared the winner, it will be the fault of the top Democrats who “walked the mat for a pro-NRA incumbent.”

“The last time the leadership stepped in to save him, he thanked them by obstructing the party’s signature law, paving the way for the collapse of the child tax credit and endangering millions while riding a winning streak,” she said . “We cannot afford to reward such deeds. We can do better than that.” AOC backs progressive Jessica Cisneros’ call to track ballots


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