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Texas 3rd District: A Second Chance at a First Impression

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:26 PM EST

A dozen years ago, Republican Van Taylor ran for Congress in one of the worst cycles for the GOP. Last cycle wasn’t great for Republicans either, but Taylor prevailed. 

Despite GOP Rep. Sam Johnson’s retirement after 13 terms, leaving this seat open, the 3rd District wasn’t considered a…

Texas 7th District: Culberson Cut Down by Fletcher

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:25 PM EST

At the beginning of the 2018 cycle, some Republicans were concerned that GOP Rep. John Culberson wasn’t ready for a competitive re-election fight. He ramped up his campaign and still lost to Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher by 5 points.

The Harris County, Houston-area based 7th District was one of…

Texas 10th District: Closer Margins, Higher Spending?

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:24 PM EST

GOP Rep. Mike McCaul is one of the five wealthiest members of Congress, but that doesn’t mean he’s invincible. In 2018, the congressman had one of his closest re-election races in years.

The 10th District stretches from Travis County in the west, to Harris County in the east, crossing over a…

Texas 21st District: Democrats Testing Austin’s Limits

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:23 PM EST

After more than 30 years in Congress, Republican Lamar Smith decided to call it quits and more than a dozen Republicans jumped into the race to replace him. 

The 21st District includes parts of Bexar County that lean Republican and a Democratic base in Travis County, along with a handful of rural…

Texas 22nd District: The Not-So-Secret Race

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:22 PM EST

Toward the end of the 2018 cycle, there were whispers about sleeper races and Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni was often one of them. But GOP Rep. Pete Olson was never a top-tier target. 

Previously represented by Rep. Tom DeLay, the 22nd District includes a significant non-white population (it’s a…

Texas 23rd District: Hurd on the Hill

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:21 PM EST

Ahead of the 2018 election, there were three Texas districts that Hillary Clinton carried that also had GOP representation in the U.S. House. Now, there’s just one. 

GOP Rep. Will Hurd was one of the Republicans who was prepared for a tough race in 2018. In 2016, Hurd held onto his seat by about…

Texas 24th District: North Dallas Twenty-Four

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:20 PM EST

Republican Kenny Marchant isn’t exactly a household name, but his closer-than-expected re-election race in 2018 will get him named on a few Democratic takeover target lists this cycle. 

The 24th District, north of Dallas, includes part of Tarrant County, though the portion of Dallas County that…

Texas 31st District: Doors Opening for Democrats

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:19 PM EST

In 2018, M.J. Hegar proved that having a compelling bio, introductory video, and tremendous fundraising isn’t enough to win every district. But Democrats are hoping she takes another shot at unseating GOP Rep. John Carter.

The 31st District sits between Austin and Fort Hood, and includes Bell and…

Texas 32nd District: Dueling for Dallas

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:18 PM EST

As chairman of the NRCC, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions led Republicans to the majority in 2010 and eight years later he was defeated for re-election. More than a year before Election Day Sessions tweeted, “To my friends who think I’m hanging it up, as we say in #TX, Come and Take It.”  Colin Allred did.…

Pennsylvania 12 special election: Is Marino’s seat at risk?

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 17, 2019 · 9:08 PM EST

North Carolina’s 9th District was the clear front-runner to host the first congressional election of 2019 until Republican Tom Marino announced his resignation from Pennsylvania’s 12th District. The seat has a significant GOP lean to it, but Republicans seem to find new ways to make special…