Look Who’s Coming to Congress, Texas Primary Edition

Three candidates secured their party’s nominations in safe, open seats Tuesday.

El Paso, Texas, County Judge Veronica Escobar speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, to explain what border communities are asking for in the context of immigration reform.
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Kyle Trygstad
March 7, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

While most of the primaries for open and competitive seats in Texas are headed to a runoff after no candidate took a majority of the vote Tuesday, three districts all but elected their next member of Congress.

State Sen. Van Taylor’s Republican primary win has been expected since Rep. Sam Johnson’s retirement announcement in January 2017. Taylor, an Iraq War veteran who was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC upon his formal entrance to the race in August, is now the heavy favorite to hold the solidly Republican 3rd District, after losing his first bid for Congress in 2006.

Texas is also now poised to send its first Latina to Congress. In fact, it’s first two, as former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia both received more than 60 percent of the primary vote as they secured the Democratic nominations in their respective districts.

Escobar is running to replace Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who won the Democratic nomination for Senate Tuesday, in the 16th District, and Garcia, who lost her first bid for the seat in 1992 to Rep. Gene Green, who is retiring, is running in the 29th District.

Kyle Trygstad


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