DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Democratic U.S. Rep. Colin Allred will maintain his seat representing Texas’ 32nd Congressional District with a 52.3% to 45.6% lead over Republican challenger Genevieve Collins with nearly 99% of precincts reporting.

As of 11:05 p.m., Allred had 169,789 votes, to Collins’ 148,229 votes.

Colin Allred, Genevieve Collins Battle For 32nd Congressional District In North Texas

Rep. Allred won his second term after defeating longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions two years ago.

Allred spoke to his supporters via Zoom late Tuesday night.

“To all the volunteers, the self organizers, and the families who support them, thank you. This is your victory. Thank you for all you do and will continue to do for our community in North Texas. I will try to match your commitment to service with my own,” he said.

Allred is a Dallas attorney who worked in Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration.

He also had an NFL career, having played for the Tennessee Titans.

“I would like to thank my opponent Genevieve Collins for running a spirited campaign, and for agreeing to debate the issues that matter to North Texans,” Allred said in a statement late Tuesday night. “The reality of what our nation faces is daunting.  It will be a long and hard fight to beat this virus. But when Americans work together, we can overcome anything and do great things for this nation. The hard work starts now and we must begin the process of healing and rebuilding our institutions.”

Collins is a Dallas businesswoman and public education advocate.

Her grandmother, Calvert Collins was the first woman elected to the Dallas City Council.

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