AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett has won the Democratic primary in the newly created 35th Congressional District, where the nine-term congressman sought re-election after his former district was redrawn to favor Republicans.
Doggett defeated two Hispanic challengers in a solidly Hispanic district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio.
His opponents criticized the wealthy lawyer for not running elsewhere and taking on Republicans using his $3 million in campaign funds.
District 35 is one of four new U.S. House seats in Texas and was drawn so that minorities can elect their preferred candidate.
Nearly half the district was represented by Doggett under the old voting map.
Doggett says there was no chance for a Democrat to win in four other Austin-area districts that all lean Republican.
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