Lee's victory over attorney Steve Irwin is a disappointment for pro-Israel groups and local moderate Democrats.
Smith’s opponent, state Sen. Don Davis, has cast votes to undermine abortion rights.
“I hope Democratic Party leadership won’t stand in the way of delivering for South Texans,” the progressive attorney said.
National groups’ efforts to buoy Valerie Foushee – and sink Nida Allam – are angering local progressives.
"We survived the War of 1812, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War. But now today we face the greatest danger we've ever faced," the GOP senator said.
Moderate Democrats want progressives to give President Biden more leeway, but the left believes its message has never been more relevant.
The young progressive nearly beat Henry Cuellar in the Democratic primary in 2020 in Texas’ 28th district. This year, with critical reproductive rights on the line, Cisneros could take the seat.
Liberal lawmakers are echoing President Joe Biden's push for firm diplomacy with Russia and emphasizing Ukrainian rights, defying old critiques of the left.
Pro-Israel groups have spent big to reassert their dominance after years in retreat.