Texas is poised to send its first Latina to Congress after State Sen. Sylvia Garcia has won the Democratic nomination to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green of Houston.
Garcia easily beat six little-known candidates on Tuesday, including health care executive Tahir Javed, who vowed to spend his own money lavishly to compete in the race. She immediately becomes the overwhelming favorite to win November's general election.
The district includes swaths of north and east Houston and is nearly 80 percent Hispanic. READ MORE AT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT