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September 1, 2014

President Obama Endorses Texas Democrat in Primary Race

President Obama Endorses Texas Democrat in Primary Race

Obama endorsed Veasey ahead of the incumbent's primary on Tuesday (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama endorsed freshman Texas Rep. Marc Veasey in his re-election bid on Friday.

Veasey faces a primary challenge Tuesday in Texas’ 33rd District from Tom Sanchez, a self-funding attorney from the technology sector. Most local Democrats expect Veasey to win, but Sanchez is running a spirited campaign against him in a regionally and ethnically complex district.

In a Veasey campaign release, which included a photo of the pair shaking hands, Obama touted the freshman Democrat on the very issue on which Sanchez has criticized him: immigration.

“I’m proud to endorse Congressman Marc Veasey in his re-election bid,” Obama said in a statement. “Marc is a champion for working and middle-class families in the Texas 33rd Congressional District and has quickly established himself as a leader in the fight to fix our broken immigration system.”

The race is rated Safe Democrat by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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