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Two critical Democratic runoffs in South Texas remain too close to call. Here’s what comes next.

Two nationally watched Democratic primary runoffs in South Texas remain too close to call two days after election day, and there is unlikely to be much more clarity before early next week.

....Republicans see the 15th District as one of their top pickup opportunities nationwide — and the centerpiece to their new push to turn South Texas red. Ramirez ran as a moderate, while Vallejo campaigned as a progressive.

Texas Tribune, May 26, 2022

Campaign Message

Likely runoff voters need to see and hear that Ruben Ramirez grew up in South Texas in a family that struggled to make ends meet. He grew up counting pennies on his grandmother's kitchen table, deciding which bills they could afford to pay. He became a teacher to provide opportunity to others, and volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to defend his country, earning a Bronze Star. He came home from boot camp to hold his grandmother's hand in her final days before she passed of cancer diagnosed too late. These experiences have made him who he is.  Ruben is a lawyer defending our neighbors who need a voice. He is running for Congress so every South Texas family can have a shot at the American Dream with a great education, good job, and affordable health care.

Healthcare Costs:

Rising costs are making it harder for South Texas families to make ends meet, but Michelle Vallejo supports ending the Affordable Care Act and your employer-sponsored health insurance, and raising taxes on the middle class to pay for her new program. Worse, her plan eliminates Medicare Advantage, which South Texas seniors rely on. But South Texas Democrats have a better option. Ruben Ramirez will defend the Affordable Care Act, fight to lower prescription drug prices, and lower health insurance premiums and out of pocket costs for seniors. 


[Michelle Vallejo for Congress; accessed 4/25/22]

District 15 runoff candidates ramp up campaign efforts

The Monitor, April 10, 2022

"The reality is I'm a bipartisan kind of guy," Ramirez said. "When I went and I volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, that patch on my arm had a United States flag. It didn't say Democrat, it didn't say Republican... I'm here to represent and bring real solutions for everyone in my district."

Dem moderates get choosy in midterm recruits

Politico, April 6, 2022

Democrat Ruben Ramirez, an attorney and Army veteran, advanced to a primary runoff election in Texas' 15th congressional district, the Associated Press reported early on Wednesday.

Democrat Ramirez advances to primary runoff election in Texas' 15th

Reuters, March 2, 2022

Democrat Ruben Ramirez, an attorney and Army veteran, advanced to a primary runoff election in Texas' 15th congressional district, the Associated Press reported early on Wednesday.

Democrats look to win back Latino voters after Trump's inroads

CNN, February 27, 2022

Democrat Ruben Ramirez, whose candidacy for the 15th District has been endorsed by Gonzalez, said Democrats must also connect with the economic anxiety that voters are feeling, which he tries to do by sharing his childhood experiences of living out of a car with his mom at one point and collecting extra cereal at school to bring home for his siblings.

Ruben Ramirez leads with TX-15 voters, poll finds

Texas Signal, February 24, 2022

A new poll of voters in Texas’ 15th Congressional District in McAllen shows Ruben Ramirez, an attorney and Army veteran, has the most support in the Democratic primary. 

Slew of endorsements come in for Rio Grande Valley candidates

Rio Grande Guardian, January 28, 2022

Ramirez, a Democrat, has been endorsed by the McAllen chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and VoteVets Political Action Committee. VoteVets the largest group of progressive veterans in the country.

This swing district House race may be one of the most expensive

Fox News, December 13, 2021

The 2022 House election cycle is expected to be hard fought as Democrats defend razor-thin majorities and Republicans eye the potential for historic gains in a favorable political environment. But few races may be as hotly contested – or expensive – as the open seat in Texas' 15th.

Veteran seeking nod for congressional seat

The Seguin Gazette, December 1, 2021

With backgrounds working as a teacher, an Army reservist and, most recently, an attorney, Edinburg Democrat Ruben Ramirez said he has the right stuff to represent District 15 in the United States House of Representatives.

Bronze Star recipient to make Congressional Bid

The Monitor, October 25, 2021

An Edinburg native and veteran of the Afghanistan war has announced he is joining the congressional race to represent District 15, which covers much of the Upper Valley.


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