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July 1, 2020      8:00 PM

Business groups backstop Sen. Lucio as progressive activists aim to take out longtime incumbent in South Texas runoff

TLR and Americans for Prosperity bring cash and a big TV push for the incumbent; a broad progressive coalition has come together for the challenger but it’s not clear they have the numbers to back up their passion

As early voting got underway across Texas this week, a coalition of liberal groups blasted Texas Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairman Eddie Lucio, Jr, the conservative Brownsville Democrat they’d like to see replaced by attorney Sara Stapleton Barrera.

Stapleton Barrera, a Brownsville native, is the better choice to represent Senate District 27 in the Rio Grande Valley, those activist groups argue.

The coalition, including the Sierra Club and the American Federation of Teachers, counters the idea that, as Planned Parenthood of Texas VOTES Executive Director Dyana Limon-Mercado said in an interview, “it’s not the just the gays and women who oppose Lucio.”

Indeed, she bested a third candidate, State Board of Education Member Ruben Cortez, in the first round of voting. Cortez has endorsed Stapleton Barrera.

By James Russell

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