Dem Colin Allred topples Sessions in key Texas House seat

Democrat Colin Allred is projected to win Texas’s 32nd District, handing Democrats a major victory in a changing district that narrowly rejected President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa MORE in 2016.

Allred, a former NFL player and civil rights lawyer, unseated Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsCongress is going to make marijuana moves McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses MORE (R-Texas), a 22-year incumbent and powerful chairman of the House Rules Committee.

Democrats were eyeing the north Dallas district that went for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Mattis defends border deployment during visit to troops | Bolton aide exits WH after clash with first lady | House blocks Yemen war resolution | Report warns of erosion in US military superiority Exit polls show more women breaking with Republicans MORE by nearly 2 points in 2016 and has grown increasingly diverse over the years. Sessions didn’t face a Democratic opponent last election.

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It's a big win for Democrats as they seek to make more inroads in Texas. Top Republicans and White House officials furiously campaigned and fundraised for Sessions to counteract Democratic attacks and money.

Allred zeroed in on health care, making pre-existing conditions protections a centerpiece of his campaign. He knocked Sessions for his support of the GOP's efforts to repeal ObamaCare last year.

Sessions sought to defend himself on health care, touting a nonbinding resolution he introduced that'd protect coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. He largely focused his message on the GOP tax law and immigration, which had become a top midterm focus for Republicans.