Texas Primary: Cisneros Hopes Roe’s Doom Can Help Win Election

When Carlos Soto crossed to San Antonio to knock on the door to find Jessica Cisneros, he was met with Democrats, who told him, politely but firmly, that the 29-year-old immigration attorney “doesn’t have to.” must be my candidate.” These are more moderate voters, Soto explained as I joined him on his roadmap in February. That reaction is often the code for their displeasure with Cisneros’ pro-choice stance. “The abortion problem — it’s one of the biggest problems in Texas,” Soto said.

Cisneros allies say some South Texas voters have expressed concern about her defense of abortion rights ahead of the first round of the primary with Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas). . Cuellar, a nine-term incumbent, is the last anti-abortion Democrat in the House, a position befitting his largely Catholic region along the US-Mexico border.

But that was before the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion would overturn Roe vs. Wade, a 1973 high court decision establishing the right to abortion. Now, “Cuellar is feeling the pressure about this,” asserts Dyana Limon-Mercado, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. An Anecdote Tells: A New Cuellar Supporter television advisement soften the position of the incumbent. With women’s rights under attack from extremists, Democrat Henry Cuellar has made it clear that he opposes the abortion ban.

Cuellar and Cisneros face each other in the Democratic primary for Texas’ 28th constituency on Tuesday night, a rematch of the March primaries in which Cisneros edged out. over Cuellar with less than 2% of the vote. Since news broke earlier this month of Roe’s impending doom, Democrats had hoped the impending reproductive rights amendment would spur a wave of voters in favor of going to the polls. midterm elections, when their parliamentary majority is in jeopardy. The South Texas Current – in which a pro-choice challenger is emphasizing the issue as she rallies against an anti-abortion incumbent – is perhaps the best indication of that strategy’s potential. Democrats will receive by November.

Roe’s The reversal, which is expected to be brought by the high court this summer, would trigger abortion limits in more than half of the states. That rollback would impose an outright ban on abortion in Texas, which passed one of the nation’s most extreme anti-abortion laws last May. When House Democrats introduced legislation to codify Roe In response to the new Texas law in September, Cuellar was the only member of his caucus to vote against it, although he did try to nudge his position after the SCOTUS draft. brought to light. “As a Catholic, I do not support abortion, however, we cannot have a total ban,” he said in a statement. declare. “There must be exceptions in cases of rape, incest, and danger to the mother’s life.”

Cisneros, meanwhile, has been a serious backer pick since she first challenged Cuellar in 2020, highlighting the issue as one of the many that distinguishes her from the central incumbent . But Cisneros managed to have an abortion the released in the final weeks of the campaign, running her own television Advertisement that Cuellar lambast for her vote “against the right of women to make their own decisions.” National Democrats, eager to demonstrate the importance of the issue to the upcoming midterm elections, joined Cisneros’ mission. Listed by EMILY, a political organization that supports pro-choice Democratic women, aside half a million dollars in television commercials to increase the opportunity for Cisneros.

The push has complicated problems for prominent Democrats, Cuellar supporters, many of whom have led the party in swift condemnation of the SCOTUS draft and its consequences . In the days following the leak, Cisneros call Democratic leaders withdrew any endorsement of Cuellar. Not available. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called the bill “an abomination” and one of the “most disastrous decisions in modern history,” recorded automatic votes for the incumbent in the last days of the campaign.

Texas’ 28th congressional district, a narrow strip that runs from San Antonio down the US-Mexico border, is more socially conservative than other seats with such longtime Democratic incumbents. Some local Democrats maintain Abortion remains a complex issue in a district where about 90% of the population is Catholic some areas. For example, a Democratic state senator from the region is only one in Texas to support the state’s new draconian abortion law. “It’s very conservative Catholic and we’re in our own little bubble when it comes to that,” said Sylvia Bruni, chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Webb County, which is located along the border.

But it would be a mistake to equate Catholic dominance with an anti-abortion stance, Bruni warned. “There are many people who may oppose individual abortion, but they think they have no right to tell other women what to do,” she said. Bruni also doubts the issue of such high ratings for many voters, who she says are more concerned with the economy and healthcare. “There was a group of voters whose attention was drawn to it,” she said, “but I don’t know if that was a prominent factor.”

Any concrete signs will have to wait for the final vote results on Tuesday night. Voter turnout for the March 1 primaries didn’t even hit 10% in most counties, and those who remember showing up to vote are expected to be even lower. Radicals expect that to give Cisneros an advantage. “The Supreme Court has just given voters a good reason to appear in an independent primaries,” said Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who endorsed Cisneros in his first stand against Cuellar. “Those who show up to vote in this race know exactly what they’re doing.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/texas-primary-cisneros-cuellar-abortion-roe-vs-wade-1357442/ Texas Primary: Cisneros Hopes Roe’s Doom Can Help Win Election

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