Last pro-life Democrat in Congress defeats his pro-abortion challenger
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Last pro-life Democrat in Congress defeats his pro-abortion challenger

Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, the last pro-life Democrat in the U.S. House, narrowly defeated his pro-abortion challenger in a primary runoff election in May, according to a final count on Monday.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the official Democratic Party count shows that Cuellar won by 281 votes, beating candidate Jessica Cisneros in the South Texas district.

Immediately afterward, Cisneros, who received support from pro-abortion groups and left-wing political leaders, including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, demanded a recount, The Hill reports.

“Our community is not done fighting yet,” she said. “We are requesting a recount. With just under 0.6 percent of the vote symbolizing such vast differences for the future in South Texas, I owe it to our community to see this through to the end.”

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However, in an interview with Morning News, Cuellar expressed confidence that he will keep his win.

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“My opponent has every right to demand a recount, although she has previously stated that she will not stop fighting until every vote has been counted,” Cuellar said. “Well, every vote has been counted, and our margin has not only been maintained but also increased. … She has no road to victory and does not get 281 votes.”

Cuellar is the last pro-life Democrat in the U.S. House. In September, he was the only Democrat to vote against a radical pro-abortion bill that would force states to legalize abortions for virtually any reason up to birth, even if Roe v. Wade is quashed. Cuellar also supports the Hyde amendment, bans taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs.

By contrast, Cisneros supports the pro-abortion law and wants to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.

Pro-abortion groups spent huge amounts of money to support Cisneros, but her radical pro-abortion views failed to resonate with Texas’ moderate congressional district voters. According to the Texas Observer, Cisneros’ campaign received about $3 million from outside political PACs, including the pro-abortion group Emily’s List.

This is Cuellar’s third defeat to Cisneros. The Democratic nominee will face pro-life Republican Cassy Garcia in the November general election.

Abortion was central to Cisneros’s campaign, and she received support from several pro-abortion groups, including Emily’s List, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood. She also received endorsements from several major Democrats, including US Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pramila Jayapal, Jamaal Bowman, Katie Porter, and Ayanna Pressley.

However, some Democrats publicly and privately expressed concern that Cisneros’ radical pro-abortion agenda could lose the district to the party if it wins the primary, Politico said.

Very few Americans share her opinion. A 2021 Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayers’ money to fund abortions in the U.S. In addition, 77 percent are against using taxpayers’ money to fund abortions in other countries. A 2016 Harvard/Politico poll found that most voters, including many low-income voters, oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.

Recent polls also show public support for increased legal protections for unborn babies, such as heartbeat laws and a ban on abortion after the first trimester.