CNBC: Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar faces a challenge from progressive Jessica Cisneros in a key area for Texas trade

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:00pm

LAREDO, Texas — Rep. Henry Cuellar’s final stretch before his Tuesday primary election wasn’t one typically expected from a Democrat facing a challenge from the left.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which usually backs Republicans, endorsed the south Texas congressman earlier this month. Libre Initiative Action, a group backed by the conservative megadonor Koch family, also gave him its stamp of approval.

About a month before his March 3 election against immigration lawyer Jessica Cisneros, Cuellar broke from his party to vote against a labor reform bill. Despite a blossoming progressive movement in the state, the Democratic congressman said he still sees his area reflecting conservative views on a range of issues.

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While progressive leaders have helped to fuel Cisneros, the U.S. Chamber and Koch endorsements underscore the support Cuellar has in the region’s business community.

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