Democrats ramp up Republican targets in Texas

by | Aug 27, 2020 | 2020 Elections, Politics

The campaign arm of House Democrats announced Wednesday they were adding three new Texas congressional districts to their list of offensive targets.

The new districts include TX-03 in Plano, where Helane Seikaly is challenging Rep. Van Taylor; TX-06 in Arlington, where Stephen Daniel is facing Rep. Ron Wright; and TX-25 in Central Texas, where Julie Oliver is facing Rep. Roger Williams. 

“Democrats are on offense across Texas, campaigning on access to quality, affordable health care and protections for those with pre-existing conditions,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Avery Jaffe said in a prepared statement. “That consistent message and our 16-month long investment in Texas have put fast-changing districts like these ones in play and Democratic candidates in a strong position to deliver in November.”

During Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 U.S. Senate run, the former El Paso congressman came between three and five percentage points of breaking even with Sen. Ted Cruz in all three newly added districts.

The three districts bring the total number of Texas congressional seats being targeted by Democrats to 10: 

TX-02: Rep. Dan Crenshaw

TX-03: Rep. Van Taylor

TX-06: Rep. Ron Wright

TX-10: Rep. Michael McCaul

TX-21: Rep. Chip Roy

TX-22: OPEN

TX-23: OPEN

TX-24: OPEN

TX-25: Rep. Roger Williams

TX-31: Rep. John Carter

Most recently, the Signal spoke with Candace Valenzuela in TX-24 about winning the Dallas suburbs for Democrats. The district is one of Texas’ three open congressional seats up for grabs this year and is among the likeliest to flip in November. 

If polling at the top of the ticket is any indication — Biden is almost even with Trump in Texas according to recent surveys — many congressional Republicans are in serious danger going into November. The Trump campaign has taken notice. Trump name dropped the Lone Star State during this week’s Republican convention and his campaign has pumped serious money into the state.

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

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