Tuesday’s action involving Blue Dogs will be all about the intraparty fight between moderates and progressives with the focus on the races of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) and Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.).
Cuellar is facing a runoff against progressive Jessica Cisneros, who’s racked up endorsements from liberal heavyweights Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). It’s a rematch from the 2020 campaign but after Politico published a draft opinion that showed the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Cuellar’s path to victory appears to have become more difficult. Cuellar is the last remaining antiabortion Democrat in the House.
Because of redistricting, Bourdeaux is locked in a primary against fellow incumbent Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.). Progressives have backed McBath against Bourdeaux, who was one of the final holdouts when House Democrats worked to pass President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, which eventually stalled in the Senate due to the objections of Manchin and another centrist, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).