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Texas Democrats Head to Runoff for Hotly Contested House Seat

Jessica Cisneros
Jessica CisnerosPhotographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

A closely watched Democratic primary race for a congressional seat in south Texas will head to a runoff between progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros and incumbent Henry Cuellar after neither tallied more than 50% of the votes cast in the party’s primary, the Associated Press reported.

Cisneros, a 28-year-old immigration attorney who had the backing of national progressive groups, received 46.8% of the vote, while nine-term incumbent Cuellar was at 48.5%, the San Antonio Express-News reported Wednesday, adding nearly all of the votes had been counted. The runoff will be held on May 24. A third candidate, Tannya Benavides, took 4.7% of the tally.