Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez Wins Democratic Nomination for TX Governor - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez Wins Democratic Nomination for TX Governor

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    Lupe Valdez Wins Democratic Nomination for Texas Governor

    An Hispanic female ex-sheriff has won the Democratic runoff to become the first openly gay and first Latina nominated for governor. (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

    A Hispanic female ex-sheriff has won the Democratic runoff to become the first openly gay and first Latina nominated for governor.

    While Lupe Valdez's victory Tuesday breaks barriers, the 70-year-old former Dallas County sheriff faces long odds of ousting Republican Gov. Greg Abbott this fall.

    "Together we're going to make it happen -- a stronger and fairer Texas. A tolerant and diverse Texas. A Texas where the everyday person has a voice and a fair shot just as I did," Valdez said late Tuesday night. 

    She defeated Andrew White, the son of a former governor who pitched himself as a moderate Democrat in deep-red Texas.

    White Concedes to Valdez in Democratic Primary RunoffWhite Concedes to Valdez in Democratic Primary Runoff

    At his campaign watch party in Houston, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White conceded the race for his party's nomination to Lupe Valdez Tuesday night.

    (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

    "Lupe has my well wishes to put together a winning campaign," White said. He said he called Valdez and gave her his full support.

    The runoff generated little enthusiasm among Democrats. Valdez has struggled to raise money and fumbled some questions on policy. Party activists have also attacked her for cooperating with federal immigration agents as sheriff.


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