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Houston, TX—Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released the following statement following the Democratic primary election:
On the final Saturday before Election Day, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher corralled campaign volunteers ahead of one of their final text- and phone-banking sessions. The freshman Democrat’s campaign has relied heavily on those efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic, and campaign officials said Saturday that they’d sent more than a half-million texts and placed the same number of calls to potential voters.
Last week, Representative Lizzie Fletcher showed off the county’s main voting hub near the Astrodome and its even larger successor, NRG Stadium, pointing to the rows of drop-off tents set up in its sprawling parking lot and explaining why turnout in the city was boding well for Mr. Biden. “The divisive nature of the politics that we’re seeing in the Trump era — that’s a hallmark of his style — is not our style here,” said Ms. Fletcher, a Democrat who in 2018 captured a long-held Republican seat representing some of Houston’s toniest neighborhoods, precincts where Biden signs are far more common than Trump signs.
Fletcher, a Houston Democrat who unseated Republican John Culberson in 2018, entered her first re-election cycle widely viewed as one of the country’s most vulnerable House members. Now in the homestretch, she expressed confidence in winning another term in the once-reliably Republican district. “I hear from Republicans in the middle that they feel politically homeless right now,” Fletcher said. “What they want is responsible governance and what they see is that is what Democrats are doing.”
Manrique de Henning — who immigrated to the U.S. nearly two decades ago and runs the nonprofit Saludos Connection to help people from her home country of Venezuela — said she was also grateful to see the administration’s stance on the conflict there, which led to more international aid. In the U.S., Manrique de Henning considers herself center-left: She said she'll vote for congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, a Houston Democrat, but she's just not sure about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Lizzie Fletcher, una demócrata de 45 años, obtuvo una de las victorias más simbólicas para los demócratas hace dos años en este distrito, la primera para su partido en 52 años. Simbólica porque el congresista del GOP que inició esa hegemonía de medio siglo era el patriarca de la dinastía que quizá es uno de los mayores símbolos del orgullo republicano texano: George H. W. Bush. Fletcher, abogada de profesión, se enfrenta al republicano Wesley Hunt, un afroamericano y veterano, ya retirado del Ejército.