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Cuellar defeats Cisneros in heated Democratic primary battle for 28th Congressional District office

Congressman Henry Cuellar at SAWS Groundbreaking ceremony at JBSA-Lackland-KTSA Photo-Elizabeth Ruiz

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Congressman Henry Cuellar has won a tough battle against his former intern in the Democratic Primary.

In one of the most closely watched races Tuesday, the longtime U.S. Representative narrowly defeated 26-year-old Jessica Cisneros who describes herself as a progressive. What prompted the young immigration attorney to take on the veteran congressman?

“I think it’s just been my experience growing up here in Laredo and seeing that a lot of the challenges that I saw while growing up are challenges that many working families are facing to this day,” Cisneros told KTSA News.

She beat Cuellar in Bexar County, but when all the votes were counted in the 28th Congressional District which stretches down to Laredo, Cuellar won with 52 percent, compared to Cisneros’s 48 percent.

She told KTSA News she’s proud of the campaign she ran and the support she got.

“We were not going to sell out to corporate interests. We were not going to take a single dime of corporate PAC money, and we were relying on people to power this campaign,” she said. “That’s why people responded.”

Cuellar labeled her a socialist. She called him President Trump’s favorite Democrat, because Cuellar has voted with Republicans on several issues.

“I really just saw this as an extension of being an advocate for communities of color, especially communities that look like mine,” Cisneros said.

Cuellar will face Republican Sandra Whitten in November.  She was unopposed in the GOP primary.


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