President Obama has endorsed freshman Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), giving him a boost against his primary challenger on Tuesday.
The African-American Veasey is facing self-funding Hispanic businessman Tom Sanchez (D) in the race. Tuesday's primary might be a close one, say observers, though Veasey is thought to have the edge.
The district is heavily Hispanic but has a large population of African-Americans as well — about 40 percent of its adult citizen population is Hispanic, with about a quarter of it African-American, meaning any successful candidate in a Democratic primary will need overwhelming support from one group and some crossover support as well.
Obama's endorsement touts two issues important in the heavily minority district: immigration for Hispanics, and voting rights for African-Americans.
Veasey won the newly drawn Dallas-area seat with a 53 percent to 47 percent primary win against a Hispanic former lawmaker two years ago.
Sanchez's campaign fired back.
"Marc Veasey's plea for help has been perfunctorily answered," said Sanchez spokeswoman Betsy Lopez-Wagner. "Had Veasey felt this much urgency when it came to deportations and jobs, he'd leave the president alone on the Friday before an election."
This post was updated at 3:55 p.m.