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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE in 2016.

Allred, a former NFL player and civil rights lawyer, unseated Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges 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 ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? 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.