Progressive candidate Jessica Cisneros will seek a recount in her Democratic primary runoff against U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, a highly watched race he leads by a margin of just 281 votes.
Cisneros, a 29-year-old immigration attorney challenging the centrist nine-term incumbent, made her announcement Monday after the Texas Democratic Party certified the results. A recount will delay the declaration of an official winner by approximately two weeks, reports the Texas Tribune.
The contest has captured national attention as a key fight as progressives and establishment Democrats wage a broader struggle for party leadership. It gained prominence after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade since Cuellar is one of the few remaining anti-abortion Democrats in Congress.
“Our movement was never just one politician – it was about tackling an unjust system that rewards corruption and corporate profits at the expense of workers’ needs,” Cisneros said in a written statement. . “Our community is not done fighting, we demand a recount.”
The 0.6% margin of the race is well below the 10% threshold required by state law to request a recount. Cisneros, who also had a close run in 2020 against Cuellar, said the narrow margin forces him to keep the fight going.
The disputed Blue District stretches from Laredo to an eastern part of San Antonio.
Cuellar has already declared victory on election night, when he held a 177-vote advantage. On Monday, he declared victory a second time after the final solicitation slightly increased his lead.
“She has no path to victory and will not get 281 votes,” Cuellar said in a statement.
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