And the release this month of a draft decision that revealed the Supreme Court had voted to overturn Roe turned the race around again, putting an uncomfortable spotlight on Cuellar.
But he had air support from AIPAC’s super PAC and the Mainstream Democrats, a group funded by donors, including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. Together these groups and Cuellar was spending way more than Cisneros each week — until this week, when the challenger made a big ad purchase. Notably, the first ad by the Mainstream Democrats muddied the waters over race abortion policy, saying that Cuellar “has made it clear that he opposes banning abortion.”
This comes from Cuellar’s statement after POLITICO reported the draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn roe, in which he said he does not support abortion, but “we cannot have a total ban. There must be exceptions in cases of rape, incest and danger to the mother’s life.”
EMILY’s list destroyed the Mainstream Democrats announcement in a statement on Friday. “No matter what this ad says, Henry Cuellar’s track record on abortion rights is clear: he will promote his anti-choice views at the expense of our health, future and bodily autonomy,” said Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List.
Cisneros has overtaken Cuellar, especially recently. From April 1 to May 4, Cisneros raised $1.2 million, according to reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission. Cuellar only raised $352,000.