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Colin Allred clinches the Democratic spot for the Texas Senate battle against Ted Cruz in November, after winning the nomination

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US Representative Colin Allred emerged victorious in the Texas Democratic primary, securing the nomination to face off against Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

Allred surpassed State Senator Roland Gutierrez and seven other contenders in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, surpassing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff in May.

Six years after Beto O’Rourke’s impressive fundraising attempt to unseat Cruz, Texas Democrats are making another push.

Despite the excitement from the close 2018 race, Texas Democrats have struggled since. Republican Senator John Cornyn won re-election in 2020, and GOP Governor Greg Abbott defeated O’Rourke in the 2022 governor’s race. Texas Democrats faced losses in other statewide contests. The only positive outcome in 2022 was holding two of three competitive House seats in the Rio Grande Valley.

Looking ahead to 2024, Texas, along with Florida, offers Democrats a chance to be on the offensive in the Senate. The party faces challenges in states where Trump is likely to win, but Texas and Florida present opportunities.

Colin Allred, a former NFL player who secured his Dallas-area seat in 2018, focuses on health care, supporting the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights.

Allred is a strong fundraiser, outpacing Cruz by raising $4.8 million to Cruz’s $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2023. He ended the year with $10.1 million, while Cruz had $6.2 million.

Gutierrez, known for advocating gun restrictions after an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, ran as a progressive alternative to Allred. He was seen as the most significant challenger in the nine-person Democratic field.

Cruz easily overcame minimal opposition from two little-known Republican challengers as he seeks a third term.

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