Jessica Cisneros Pulls in More Money Than Henry Cuellar as South Texas Democratic Primary Heats Up

Jessica Cisneros (right) speaks to potential voters on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus. - TWITTER / @JCISNEROSTX
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Jessica Cisneros (right) speaks to potential voters on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus.
Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration attorney from Laredo, outraised rival U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar as she challenges the longtime congressman in the upcoming Democratic primary, the Express-News reports.

Cisneros banked more than $350,000 in contributions for the first six weeks of the year — some coming from celebrity backers such as actress Susan Sarandon. That compares to Cuellar's $100,000 take during the period. The incumbent still has more than $2 million in his war chest, compared to Cisneros' $296,000.

The fundraising details come as the Texas Tribune reports U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Laredo over the weekend, delivering a pep talk to staffers and volunteers at Cuellar's headquarters.

The race is shaping up to be a key battleground between the Democratic party's progressive and centrist wings.

Cisneros is backed by Justice Democrats, the insurgent progressive group behind freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York. Meanwhile, moderate Cuellar has racked up endorsements from establishment Dems plus the pro-businesses U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the political network formed by the Koch brothers.

The traditionally Democratic-leaning House District 28 stretches from South San Antonio down to Laredo.

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