Two Dems poised to make history as first Texas Latinas in Congress

The Hill

This is exciting! These two Latinas could be the first that Texas sends to the U.S. Congress.

Two Latina candidates who won their respective Democratic primaries on Tuesday night are likely to make history in November as the first Latinas from Texas to serve in Congress.

Candidates Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won the Democratic nominations in their respective races, which are both safe seats that Democrats are expected to easily hold in the general election.

There are five Latinos currently serving in Texas’ congressional delegation. And in 2012, Sen. Ted Cruz (R) became the first Latino from Texas to serve in the Senate. But Texas has never elected a woman of Latino heritage to serve in Congress.

In the race to replace Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Escobar won the nomination over five other Democratic candidates with nearly 61 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Garcia won the nomination with more than 64 percent of the vote in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Gene Green. She was endorsed by both Green and EMILY’s List.


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