Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement regarding the primary runoff between gubernatorial candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White:
“Tonight, Texas Democrats made history electing the first Latina and first openly LGBTQ Texan to serve as a major party nominee for governor of this great state.
“Lupe Valdez has spent a lifetime breaking down barriers and defending Texans. In Lupe’s story, we see the resiliency and tenacity of Texans. Her candidacy is a signal to every child that no matter the color of your skin, who you love, or where you come from, in Texas, you’ve got a fair shot.
“429,000 Texas Democrats made their voices heard, the best Democratic runoff turnout in recent history. Lupe prevailed but we congratulate Andrew White on a hard-fought race. Andrew and Lupe battled fiercely but it’s because both of them care deeply about the future of Texas.
“Now, it’s time to take on Greg Abbott. It’s an uphill battle, but Texas is a single-digit state, the blue wave is rising, and as Lupe always says, she’s ‘pretty good at uphill battles.’”