Former Dallas County sheriff Guadalupe “Lupe” Valdez, the daughter of Mexican migrant workers who grew up in San Antonio, secured the Democratic nomination to run for governor of Texas in an historic runoff election on Tuesday. Her victory over Houston businessman Andrew White was expected, and the odds of her defeating incumbent Governor Greg Abbott are considered huge, but she becomes the state’s first Latina and openly gay candidate to secure a major party nomination in Texas. In a tighter-than-expected contest, Valdez was declared the winner when she secured 52.8 percent of the vote to White’s 47.2 percent with nearly 83 percent of the state’s 6,978 precincts tallied. Turnout on runoff day was low at 2.49 percent of the state’s 15,249,541 registered voters, despite a…View Original Post
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