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Elizabeth Warren is the latest progressive heavyweight to stump for Cisneros, Casar in Texas

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Joey Palacios
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Democratic Primary candidate for TX-28 Jessica Cisneros is joined by Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for a campaign event at San Antonio's Cherrity Bar. Warren will stump for Greg Casar in Texas' 35th Congressional District in Austin later this week

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts traveled to Texas this week to rally for progressive candidates Jessica Cisneros and Greg Casar.

In one of the most closely watched Democratic primaries in the country, Cisneros – an immigration attorney – is challenging nine-term incumbent Henry Cuellar once again. She narrowly lost to Cuellar in 2020. Cuellar is one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, with right-leaning stances on abortion, immigration, and gun control.

Warren spoke at a Cisneros rally at San Antonio’s Cherrity Bar Tuesday evening, and is scheduled to support Casar at a separate event in East Austin on Wednesday.

Warren endorsed Cisneros’ support for democratic policies like immigration reform and abortion access at the event in San Antonio.

“You give us more progressives in Congress and let’s just talk about what we can get done … we can take away the decision of Roe v. Wade from an extremist Supreme Court. We can pass a law to make Roe v. Wade law of the land all across this country we can get this done," Warren said.

Texas’ 28th Congressional District stretches from Laredo to the Rio Grande Valley to San Antonio. It is a seat also being targeted by Republicans. An FBI raid on the incumbent's Laredo home and office added a new element to the race. Henry Cuellar has held the seat since 2005, and denies any wrongdoing and said he is cooperating. This time, there is a third candidate, former educator Tanya Benavides.

In District 35 – which stretches from downtown San Antonio along I-35 just North of Austin – Former Austin City Councilman Greg Casar is running for an open seat against former San Antonio City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, state Representative Eddie Rodriguez, and business consultant and activist Carla-Joy Sisco.

Last month, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited San Antonio to stump for Cisneros and Casar. They also have the endorsement of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

“We’re here to support two incredible game-changing candidates – both, I think, for the Democratic Party, but, frankly, for the country writ large,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

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