‘She’s Ready To Fight’: Lupe Valdez Wins Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Runoff

She is the first openly gay, and first Latina party nominee for Texas governor.

By Christopher ConnellyMay 23, 2018 10:00 am| , , ,

From KERA:

On Tuesday night, Lupe Valdez became the first openly gay and the first Latina candidate to win a major party nomination for Texas governor.

Democrats chose the longtime Dallas County sheriff to take on Gov. Greg Abbott in the midterm election this fall. Valdez earned 53 percent of the vote in the runoff, according to unofficial totals, defeating her opponent Houston businessman Andrew White, who got nearly 47 percent.

At Ellen’s restaurant in Dallas, Valdez’s supporters were ecstatic. After a primary that dragged into a runoff, their candidate had made history. Thanking her supporters, Valdez said her victory was a step toward a new Texas.

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