Molly Prince Political reporter
Democratic candidate Colin Allred defeated Tuesday Republican Rep. Pete Sessions to release the old incumbent in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.
In what was considered one of the heaviest races in the country, the former professional footballer managed to win a victory over Sessions.
Sessions, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, has easily won re-election in each of his races since he was elected for the first time in 2003. However, since the demography of the Dallas area has diversified in recent years, the GOP has begun to be to lose stronghold. . (RELATED: Governor Greg Abbott sends invitation to Nancy Pelosi – All Expenses Paid Trip To Texas)
After Allred played linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, he studied law at the University of California, Berkeley. He then worked as a lawyer at Perkins Coie, a law firm that received national attention after being hired as counsel for the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Allred also worked in the White House for former President Barack Obama and the law firm of the United States.
In addition to support from a GOP super PAC, several prominent Republicans campaign on behalf of Sessions. Former president George W. Bush led a fundraiser in September, while House Speaker Paul Ryan participated in Sessions on the campaign path. President Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence have also supported Texas Congressman.
Allred has therefore received support from major democratic players. Obama approved him in August and the former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick stumped with him. A democratic super PAC also contributed more than $ 2 million to the Democratic hopeful.
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