Texas is set to make history as two Democratic candidates will likely become the first Latina politicians from the Lone Star State elected to the U.S Congress.
Veronica Escobar, former judge for El Paso County, and State Senator Sylvia Garcia will face the winners of the Republican primary at general elections in November, but the odds are in their favor in their Democratic districts.
“This was for Latinos who, for too long, have sat on the political sidelines while the President sits in the White House blaming all of our problems on immigrants,” Garcia said at her campaign headquarters, according to The Houston Chronicle. “We know that representation matters and that taking the first step to elect our first Latina for Congress is not just a milestone but a step for generations to come.”
Following the victory, Escobar wrote on Facebook: “I’m so honored to be your Democratic nominee, El Paso. We’re going to make history by electing the first Tejana to Congress in November, and I couldn’t have done it without all of you!”
These victories are promising signs for the Democratic party in Texas as experts predicts that Escobar’s and Garcia’s wins could help fellow Democrats in the red state’s most competitive races. “This is not just a milestone. Being able to send two, not just one, Latinas to Congress is indicative of the moment,” Mayra Macias, the political director for Latino Victory Fund, told NBC News. “We have to be able to harness that potential to get more Latinos to vote.”