Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren

Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren
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The chief executive of Texas's most populous county Friday endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced her endorsement in the wake of a debate performance in Las Vegas on Wednesday that gave a much-needed boost to Warren's campaign, just as Nevada is set to hold its caucuses Saturday.

With Hidalgo's endorsement, Warren could get a boost in Texas, a Super Tuesday state voting on March 3 where the Latino vote will play a key role in assigning the state's 261 delegates

“Whether it’s combating climate change or increasing opportunities for minorities in small business, Elizabeth has a plan for that. But my support for her is not because of her plans, it’s because of who she is. The Elizabeth Warren you speak with one-on-one is the same Elizabeth you see on the stump. She’s a genuine person who will tell you exactly what she believes and where she stands,” said Hidalgo in a statement.

Warren has struggled to compete in the progressive lane with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.), who has emerged from the Iowa and New Hampshire contests as a front-runner in the nomination race. 

Hidalgo, a 29-year-old progressive star, will join fellow Texan Julián Castro — a former San Antonio mayor, Housing and Urban Development secretary and presidential candidate — in Warren's camp.

"I'm incredibly grateful to have the support of Judge Hidalgo, who has been a forceful and persistent champion for Harris County by working to ensure that the government is transparent, accessible, and accountable to every single resident," Warren said in a statement. "We’re in this fight together to create big, structural change — and that means building a movement that makes our government work for everyone, in Harris County, across Texas, and throughout our country."

A Colombian immigrant, Hidalgo is the first Latina to hold the top position in Harris County, and her focus on criminal justice reform has gained her support among progressives.

With more than 4 million people, Harris County is the largest in Texas, and also one of its most diverse. Harris is in southeastern Texas and includes the city of Houston within its borders.