Henry Cuellar-Jessica Cisneros Texas Primary GOTDAMN also close to the call!

The Democratic primaries between Rep Henry Cuellar and progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros are incredibly close and will almost certainly head for a recount before an official result. With 100 percent of the votes counted, Cuellar, the only Democrat left in the House who opposes the right to abortion, drove Cisneros by just 177 votes by midnight. Cuellar has declared victory, but Cisneros has not conceded yet. Shortly after Cuellar’s victory, Cisneros tweeted last night, “These elections are still too close to be called and we are still waiting for all the ballot papers and eligible votes to be counted.” She added, “This fight is not over. It was a blessed 29th birthday. ” [Heart Emoji] Twentynine? While it ends up failing this time around, we haven’t seen Jessica Cisneros’ latest.

Other as the Texas Tribune points out, it may take a few days before the race is finally decided. The gap is close enough that Cisneros can ask for a recount, and national postmarked election day ballot papers can still be counted if they arrive at the county polling offices by 5pm today. Being Texas, we wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that in the event of a tie, the race could be decided in some way by the armadillos.

Cuellar told reporters that he’s fine with it taking some time for the result to become clear, since the 2004 elections that sent him to Congress in the first place also had to go to a recount.

I know what it means to recount in an electoral contest. […] We have excellent lawyers and, if necessary, we will defend our electoral victory.

This is the second time that Cisneros challenges Cuellar; in 2020, Cuellar won the primary with an absolute majority, and this seemed likely again this year, in terms of fundraising and polls. But then in January, his both the house and the country office were searched by the FBI as part of an investigation into no one yet knows what it was (his lawyer only says that Cuellar is not the target of the investigation).

This was enough opening for Cisneros to start attracting more funding and volunteers, and in the March primary he did well enough that Cuellar was unable to hit the 50 percent plus one vote, forcing the primary. After that, boom, Politico released him earlier this month SCOTUS draft opinion which would overthrow Roe v. Veal, and Cuellar’s status as the only member of the Democratic Chamber who still opposes abortion rights has given Cisneros a much broader fundraising base.

Even so, Cuellar has a lot of support for Laredo and, with his long-time tenure in the House, he has received a lot of financial and electoral support from the Democratic Party (that’s how it goes, don’t scold me for pointing this out). It may have been enough for him to keep in the seat for another period. The winner of the primary will face Republican Cassy Garcia, a former staff member of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Ew Gross Yuck).

The usual political rating suits are calling the place a breeze, and like the Texas Tribune notes, November sledding may not be easy for either Cuellar or Cisneros:

Cuellar could be hurt again by the FBI investigation, if not cleared at that point, and Cisneros, some political analysts predict, is too progressive for the region. […]

Cisneros and the numerous progressive groups that backed her have repeatedly hammered Cuellar for accepting donations for the campaign from the private prison industry, the oil and gas industry, and health insurance companies. Cuellar also broke with the party to side with Republicans wishing to extend Title 42, a Trump-era health policy that allows immigration officials to quickly deport migrants, even those seeking asylum, due to concerns. related to COVID-19.

Well no sir, none of this sounds like anything we can get behind a lot, other than the obvious fact that if he wins the primary, Cuellar would still be much better than the GOP’s Garcia, because you have seen those loons, the end.

[Texas Tribune / LMT]

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