Democrat Lupe Valdez becomes first Latina and openly gay candidate to win runoff for Texas governor
The former sheriff, after her win, said that she was constantly hearing this was going to be such an uphill battle but then she has always had uphill battles to face
Former Dallas sheriff, Lupe Valdez, won the Democratic primary runoff on Tuesday and became the state's first Latina and openly-gay nominee for Texas governor from a major party, according to reports.
Valdez defeated Houston businessman Andrew White in the Democratic primary. The Associated Press reported that some of the Democrats were concerned about White running for the position of governor, considering his strong pro-life stance.
STOP THE PRESSES: Lupe Valdez, an LGBT Latina woman formerly Sheriff of Dallas just secured the Democratic nomination for Governor in Texas. Y’ALL.— Atima Omara (@atima_omara) May 23, 2018
The primary race was reportedly closer than was previously expected as Valdez was ahead of White by just over 5 percentage points as the final precincts were coming in. White then called Valdez at around 10 pm and told her that he was conceding the race, according to reports.
So many historic firsts tonight.— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) May 23, 2018
Lupe Valdez is now the first openly gay and Latina gubernatorial nominee in Texas history.
Congratulations @LupeValdez on your primary victory. pic.twitter.com/NFK4SKyTbi
White, while talking to reporters at the Harris County Democratic Party headquarter in Houston, said: "Tonight was a tough, tough night, but I've enjoyed getting to know so many people around this state. I wouldn't trade this for the world."
The businessman also pledged his full support to Valdez and said he is "ready to help in any way I can to give Greg Abbott an early retirement party."
The former sheriff, after her win, addressed her supporters in Dallas and said: "I am constantly hearing this is going to be such an uphill battle."
"Please, tell me when I didn't have an uphill battle," Valdez said and then discussed her difficulties in earning an education.
"I am getting darned good at uphill battles," she said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Tonight:— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 23, 2018
Stacey Abrams became the first black woman to be a major party nominee for Governor of Georgia.
Lupe Valdez became the first Latina + LGBTQ person to be a major party nominee for Governor of Texas.
Women EVERYWHERE are winning House primaries.
THE. FUTURE. IS. HERE.
Valdez, 70, is now set to face off against the Republican incumbent Governor Greg Abbott in the general elections.
Valdez also told her cheering supporters in Dallas that she is not deterred by the conventional wisdom that she faces long odds against Abbott, who is a well-funded incumbent.
Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas, Lupe Valdez, takes a very narrow lead in the race over opponent, Andrew White, with 30% of all precincts reporting. You can watch the results come in here: https://t.co/9t8MtEdOPk pic.twitter.com/vynj7JiErD— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 23, 2018
Reports state that the Democratic candidate struggled to raise funds for her primary bid as she did not earn more than $500,000 during her six-month long campaign, while Abbott raised over $41 million as of last month, according to reports.
Lupe Valdez becomes first Latina to win a major-party nomination for Texas governor and will be the Democratic candidate. This has been a great night for not only women, but women of color! https://t.co/zpl1Ac5ASs— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 23, 2018
The former sheriff also added that she is tired of politicians not looking out for common people and said: "Let me find a path for you. Let me find a path for your health care. Let me find a path for your living wage."
Lupe Valdez is both the first Latina and openly gay gubernatorial candidate EVER in Texas.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 23, 2018
* 4-term sheriff in TX’s 2nd biggest county
* Former US Customs agent
* Army vet
* Daughter of farm workers
GREAT story. But uphill battle to beat Greg Abbott so we must fight like hell.