A final recount Tuesday confirmed U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, the last pro-life Democrat in the U.S. House, as the winner of the Texas primary election against pro-abortion candidate Jessica Cisneros.
Townhall reports Decision Desk HQ announced Cuellar as the winner of the Democratic primary for the 28th Congressional district of Texas. Cuellar won by 290 votes, according to his campaign.
“I am an American, Texan, then a Democrat – in that order – and I will continue to fight for Texas values and not let coastal elites bring their failed agenda to our communities,” Cuellar said after the recount.
Democrats for Life of America also celebrated the pro-life Democrat’s victory.
“It was the right decision for Democrats and will keep the 28th District Blue,” the pro-life organization said in a statement. “Had she been the nominee, Jessica Cisneros would have easily lost the seat to the Republicans because of her pro-abortion extremism.”
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Cuellar is the only pro-life Democrat in the U.S. House. In September, he was the lone Democrat who voted against a radical pro-abortion bill that would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Cuellar also supports the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs.
In contrast, Cisneros supports the pro-abortion bill and wants to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
Pro-abortion groups spent massive amounts of money to support Cisneros, but her radical pro-abortion views did not resonate with voters in the moderate Texas congressional district. According to the Texas Observer, Cisneros’s campaign received about $3 million from outside political PACs, including the pro-abortion group Emily’s List.
This is Cuellar’s third defeat of Cisneros. The Democrat candidate will face pro-life Republican Cassy Garcia in the November general election.
Abortion was a central focus of Cisneros’s campaign, and she received support from a number of pro-abortion groups, including Emily’s List, NARAL and Planned Parenthood. She also received endorsements from several big-name Democrats, including U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pramila Jayapal, Jamaal Bowman, Katie Porter and Ayanna Pressley.
However, some Democrats publicly and privately expressed concerns that Cisneros’s radical pro-abortion agenda could lose the district for the party if she won the primary, according to Politico.
Very few Americans share her views. A 2021 Marist poll found 58 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S. Additionally, 77 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in other countries. A 2016 Harvard/Politico poll found that most voters, including a strong majority of low-income voters, oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.