Trump endorses Dallas lawmaker
In tweet, he praises Sessions’ stances on border, guns and more
President Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed the reelection bid of longtime U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas.
In an afternoon tweet, Trump said Sessions would “be tough on Crime and the Border, fight hard for our Second Amendment and loves our Military and our Vets.”
“He has my full and complete Endorsement!” Trump tweeted.
Sessions, a Republican, is running against Dallas lawyer Colin Allred, a Democrat, in the November election.
“Congressman Sessions votes with President Trump 98 percent of the time,” Allred said Saturday. “It’s clear he cannot be an independent voice for North Texas. I’ll have the courage to stand up to President Trump when he’s wrong, and work with him when he’s right.”
The race is one of the few competitive House contests in Texas, and national Republicans have vowed to protect Sessions in a district that is more favorable to a Democratic candidate than when it was drawn by state GOP lawmakers more than a decade ago.
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan campaigned in Dallas with Sessions. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit the 32nd Congressional District on behalf of Sessions. Trump might come, too.
Allred is making his first run for public office.
An endorsement from Trump is likely to motivate conservatives in the north and east Dallas County district. But Trump is not a popular Republican in much of the county. He finished third in the county in the 2016 Texas presidential primary, behind Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Hilary Clinton won the district against Trump in the 2016 election, while Sessions pulled more votes than either candidate.