Party leaders are still sticking with the nine-term representative. But the leaked opinion has stirred up more opposition to him, as Cisneros and abortion rights advocates call for an abortion rights majority in Congress.
In March, Cisneros finished less than 1,000 votes behind Cuellar. Now, the two are squaring off again to become the Democratic Party’s candidate in Texas’s 28th Congressional District, an area where residents don’t fit squarely into the national mold of conservative or liberal.
From the outset, prominent abortion rights groups had supported Cisneros. Now, both advocates and Cisneros have seized on the leaked draft from the Supreme Court to raise the stakes, hoping it will further galvanize support to defeat the only House Democrat who voted against legislation to codify Roe v. Wade last fall.