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Roland GutierrezOn Monday morning, state senator Roland Gutierrez announced the start of a campaign against Ted Cruz, a prominent podcaster who also serves in Congress as Texas’s junior senator. Gutierrez, from San Antonio, is the second Democrat to join the race, after Dallas-area congressman Colin Allred. Each hopes to replicate and build on the success of Beto O’Rourke, who came within 2.6 points of beating Cruz in 2018.Who is Roland Gutierrez?Until recently, he was a fairly unremarkable lawmaker. Gutierrez served twelve and a half long years in the Texas House. Through most of that time, he was roughly middle-of-the-road among members of the House Democratic Caucus—not one of the most progressive members but also not one of the most conservative. He earned a bit of a…

The post Before Uvalde, Roland Gutierrez Was Just Another State Senator. Now He’s Challenging Ted Cruz. appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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