Mar 6, 2024 - News

Colin Allred wins Democratic Senate primary

A photo of Collin Allred.

U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (left) and Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez meet with The Houston Chronicle Editorial Board in January. Photo: Sharon Steinmann/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images

Rep. Colin Allred easily defeated state Sen. Roland Gutierrez in the Texas Democratic Senate primary.

Why it matters: Allred will face Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November's general election as Cruz seeks his third term in office.

  • Cruz is seen as one of a few vulnerable Senate Republicans in this year's elections — even though Texas hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1988.

Follow the money: ​​Allred, a Dallas civil rights lawyer and former NFL player, has been a fundraising juggernaut. As of Feb. 14, he had raised more than $21 million for the campaign, per FEC data.

  • Gutierrez, who represents an area near San Antonio, brought in just $1.3 million.
  • Allred was first elected to Congress in 2018. He's been critical of the Biden administration's handling of the border.

The bottom line: Cruz continues to be a polarizing figure, facing criticism over his response to last year's mass shooting in Allen and his visit to Cancún in 2021 during the deadly Texas winter storm.

  • He beat El Paso Democrat Beto O'Rourke in 2018 by less than 3 percentage points, and the Cook Political Report has ranked the 2024 seat as "likely Republican."
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