HOUSTON (FOX 26)
Longtime U.S. Rep. Gene Green has defeated Democratic primary challenger Adrian Garcia in a race seen as a key test of Hispanic identity politics in Texas. Green, a white Houston native, prevailed in Tuesday's Democratic primary. That makes him an immediate favorite to retain a seat he's held since 1992 during November's general election.
Garcia, a former Harris County sheriff, filed to run for Congress after losing Houston's mayoral race.
The district includes parts of Houston and its suburbs and is 80 percent Hispanic. Garcia mounted Green's first primary challenge in years, hoping to energize Hispanic voters. But the political action committee of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed Green early in the race, saying it believed in his past work in Congress.