Latinos Significant Factor In Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s Defeat In Houston Mayor Race

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
  • John Whitmire was elected the 63rd mayor of Houston on Saturday.
  • The Texas state senator defeated Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in a runoff election.
  • Black voters, Jackson Lee’s core constituency, did not show as high of a turnout in the first round of the mayoral race as they did in previous elections, according to a report from Houston Public Media.
  • According to the Texas based organization, Jackson Lee was also polling lower than usual another core group which helped her remain in her congressional seat for three decades – Hispanic Americans.