Jackson-Lee Victory in the Primary

Despite facing two challengers, a longtime Houston congresswoman prevails in the Democratic Party Primary. Gail Delaughter reports.


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Democratic incumbant Sheila Jackson-Lee quickly took a commanding lead over Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson and attorney Sean Bell in the 18th congressional district. It’s a seat she’s held since 1994. Jackson-Lee says she views her strong showing as a mandate from constituants. 

“On heath care, on education, on fixing this economy, and saving NASA and saving the jobs for Houston, Texas. We’ve got to finish the job.”

Jackson-Lee will now go on to face Republican John Faulk, and she’s expected to win re-election in the heavily democratic district. She’s picked up several key endorsements, including one from president Barack Obama.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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