Trump en­dorses Dal­las law­maker

In tweet, he praises Ses­sions’ stances on border, guns and more

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation - By GROMER JEFFERS JR. Po­lit­i­cal Writer gj­ef­fers@dal­las­news.com Twit­ter: @gromer­j­ef­fers

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.

PETE SES­SIONS

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