Escobar poised to succeed O'Rourke in Congress, AP reports

Texas has never elected a Hispanic woman to Congress, but that's poised to change.

Former county judge Veronica Escobar has won a crowded Democratic primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke in El Paso.

Escobar beat five other hopefuls Tuesday and immediately becomes the favorite in November's general election.

O'Rourke is giving up his seat as he mounts a longshot campaign against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Texas has never elected a Hispanic woman to Congress, but that's poised to change. In addition to Escobar, state Sen. Sylvia Garcia is the heavy favorite to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Gene Green in Houston.

Escobar was among the best-known and top-funded of the primary candidates — though she drew some criticism because her husband is federal immigration judge Michael Pleters, who was confirmed last August by the Trump administration.