AOC-Endorsed Candidate Flames Out Against South Texas Democrat Incumbent
Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, one of the last Blue Dog Democrats left in Congress, was able to defeat progressive darling Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration lawyer propped up by the Justice Democrats, on Super Tuesday.
However, the race was close.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the eight-term incumbent only defeated Cisneros by a 52-48 margin.
Cisneros positioned herself as a progressive and called out Cuellar for his moderate stances. She also received glowing endorsements from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Cuellar, who is supported by both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Koch family, defended himself against Cisneros’ attacks. Cuellar criticized her for being out of touch with the district’s centrist tendencies
Even in defeat, Cisneros held her head high. On Wednesday, she declared that “this is just the beginning.”
“The first thing we had to defeat was the culture of fear — and our movement was victorious in proving we’re within striking distance of bringing fundamental change to South Texas,” she declared.
Texas’ changing demographics may prove to be beneficial for Cisneros in the long-term.
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If Republicans don’t get their act together and embrace comprehensive immigration reduction, they will have rendered themselves politically irrelevant.
Even worse, the Historic American Nation will cease to exist.