The Texas Democratic Social gathering introduced the outcomes of a recount within the race on Tuesday, which discovered Cuellar forward by 289 votes.
Cisneros, who additionally misplaced to Cuellar in 2020, conceded on Tuesday, in accordance with a launch from her marketing campaign.
“We all the time knew this was an uphill battle. We have been up in opposition to a corrupt political machine, Republican-funded Tremendous PACs, the Koch brothers, non-public prisons, Large Oil, the Chamber of Commerce, darkish cash teams, Large Pharma, and practically all the Democratic Social gathering institution in Washington – and we nonetheless refused to again down,” Cisneros stated in a press release.
“With this shut of a margin, it is clear that with out their aggressive interference within the lives of South Texas households, we might have gained.”
The result’s a blow to progressives and, extra broadly, Democrats who assist abortion rights and hope that anger over the Supreme Court docket’s draft opinion that might strike down Roe v. Wade would possibly drive the problem to the forefront this election cycle.
It additionally marks what many may need thought of an unlikely revival for Cuellar, whose political destiny was thrown into doubt earlier this 12 months earlier than the primaries when the FBI searched his house and a marketing campaign workplace. In April, Cuellar’s lawyer stated federal authorities advised him that his shopper was not a goal of the investigation.
Regardless of being hammered over his anti-abortion place by Cisneros and her allies, together with EMILY’s Checklist, which invested huge late within the race, Cuellar once more emerged with the nomination within the South Texas district, which runs south from San Antonio to the US-Mexico border.
Cuellar, like different Democratic moderates throughout this 12 months’s primaries, benefited from a surge of out of doors cash and the backing of social gathering leaders in Washington. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Chief Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn, who traveled to Texas to marketing campaign for Cuellar, all stood with the congressman regardless of frustration from pro-abortion rights voters.
“Democratic management trampled over their very own acknowledged ideas to hold Henry Cuellar to victory,” Natalia Salgado, the progressive Working Households Social gathering’s director of federal affairs, stated in a press release following Cisneros’ concession.
The runoff between Cuellar and Cisneros marked their third — and, with the ultimate depend now in — closest race. In 2020, she got here inside fewer than 4 proportion factors of unseating him in a main. This March, in a three-way main, Cisneros completed second, denying Cuellar an outright majority and paving the best way for his or her decisive runoff — and yet one more slim loss.
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