Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez will run against Gov. Greg Abbott in November.
Lupe Valdez won the Democratic runoff to become the first openly gay and first Latina nominated governor.
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"Tonight, Texas proved that no matter who you are, where you are from, or who you love - in this state, you've got a fighting chance," Valdez wrote in a statement. "Tonight is a victory for all of us who are fighting for a stronger and fairer Texas. A tolerant and diverse Texas. A Texas where the everyday person has a voice and a fair shot - just as I had. Together, we'll make that a reality. I am proud to be the candidate of the everyday Texan and I will NEVER stop fighting for you."
While Lupe Valdez's victory Tuesday breaks barriers, the 70-year-old former Dallas County sheriff faces long odds of ousting Republican Gov. Greg Abbott this fall.
She defeated Andrew White, the son of a former governor who pitched himself as a moderate Democrat in deep-red Texas.
The runoff generated little enthusiasm among Democrats. Valdez has struggled to raise money and fumbled some questions on policy. Party activists have also attacked her for cooperating with federal immigration agents as sheriff.
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