U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) claimed victory in his bid to challenge Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid for reelection in November and said his closest challenger, state Sen. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio, conceded Tuesday night.

“I will be the Democratic nominee,” Allred said at his election night party. “I want every Texan to know, whether you’re a Democrat, an independent or a Republican that I want you to be involved in this campaign and I want to serve you in the United States Senate.”

Allred, who had more than 60% of support with more than half of votes counted late Tuesday, has been the favored candidate among national Democrats and led in fundraising across the field in both parties. While Gutierrez reported raising just over $1.3 million this cycle ahead of the primary, Allred reported raising over $21 million.


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