The voters have spoken.
Leftist Democrats took a blow on Tuesday (June 21) when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsed candidate Jessica Cisneros lost a recount for her party’s nomination.
Incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX.) faced Cisneros, a Justice Democrats-endorsed candidate, in a tight runoff election that remained too close to call for several weeks until Cisneros requested a recount. However, the recount, which concluded on Tuesday, showed that besides winning, Cuellar also had more votes than initially reported.
The Texas Democratic Party’s recount committee found that Cuellar had won by 289 votes.
Following the revelation of his win, Cuellar released a statement, saying, “As I said on election night, ‘ the margin will hold’ — and it has not only held but grown.”
Cuellar went on to thank all the “election workers who sacrificed their time to once again confirm the voices of every voter across the 28th district were heard.”
He then addressed those who hadn’t voted for the moderate Democrat, saying, “as your Congressman, I will continue to work diligently for you in Washington. While we may differ on certain positions, we share a common ground on many issues to improve our communities and strengthen families.”
Conceding to Cuellar, Cisneros said in a statement, “We always knew this was an uphill battle,” going on to state how “a corrupt political machine, Republican-funded Super PACs, the Koch brothers, private prisons, Big Oil, the Chamber of Commerce, dark money groups, Big Pharma, and nearly the entire Democratic Party establishment in Washington,” had opposed her.
But despite her defeat, Cisneros promised to get more left-wing Democrats elected in Texas, saying, “We’re going to keep fighting to create a more progressive and accountable Democratic Party this year and work to turn Texas blue in November.”