Henry Kuller, Jessica Cisneros Representative in the 28th District of Texas, narrowly topped

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An earlier version of this article, rep. Henry Kullar is wrongly said to have won by less than 200 votes. The Associated Press updated its tally, and he won by a margin of 289 votes. Article fixed.

After the controversial re-election battle against attorney Jessica Cisneros, Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Kuller will receive the Democratic nomination for Texas’ 28th congressional district.

Cuellar defeated Cisneros by 289 votes in a rematch of the May 24 runoff results. The Associated Press called for a race for Cuellar on Tuesday.

Although Cuellar had already declared victory following the May 24 election, the AP withdrew from calling the election, explaining that the results were too close. Cisneros then filed the ballot again, which was overseen by the state Democrats and paid for by his campaign.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cuellar said the recount proved what he had already announced: he would run in the November general election.

“As I said on election night, ‘the margin is’ – it has not only been held, it has grown,” Kuller said.

This is not the first time Cuellar has defeated Cisneros in battle for the 28th District of Texas. Cisneros came close to defeating his former boss – he trained for him in 2014 – in 2020. He lost that race by a margin of 1,700 votes.

Cuellar, the lone anti-abortion Democrat in the US House, had the support of top House Democrats, such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California). (NY) 28th District will compete in the fall. Cuellar is now facing Republican candidate Cassie Garcia, who is sen. Former Deputy Director of State for Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).

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In his Tuesday statement, Kuller appeared to agree with the split between his views and those of most Democrats in the House.

“Although we may differ on some levels, we share a common ground on many issues to improve our communities and strengthen families,” Kuller said. “I will continue to fight for Texas values ​​and will not allow the coastal elites to bring their failed agenda to our communities.”

Cisneros acknowledged the race on Tuesday, saying “there is always going to be an uphill battle.”

“Cuellar was accused of being funded by several conservative groups, including the Republican-funded Super PACs, the Koch brothers. [and] Chamber of Commerce “and” almost the entire Democratic establishment in Washington “

“We still refuse to back down,” Cisneros said Said. “At this close point of an edge, it is clear that without their aggressive intervention in the lives of South Texas families, we would have succeeded.”

Texas Democrat leader Gilberto Hinojosa congratulated Kuller on his victory in a statement.

“We are grateful for the positive campaign by Jessica Cisneros – we shed light on issues that are really affecting South Texas,” Hinojosa added. “Together behind our candidate Henry Kuller, we all know he will continue to fight for the South Texans.”

Aurelis r. Hernandez contributed to this report.

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