The GOP could flip a Texas congressional seat that has been held by Democrats since its creation in a special election that will test conservative gains with the Hispanic community.
Democrat Rep. Filemon Vela, Jr., who had already announced he would not seek reelection, will retire from Congress early to accept a position at the law firm Akin Gump, Punchbowl News ’ Heather Caygle reported .
Vela’s premature departure means Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could schedule a special election for the 34th Congressional District, which was created in 2012. The district will be subject to new lines in the November midterms due to redistricting, making it harder for the GOP to flip the seat red, according to Cook Political Report ’s David Wasserman.
“Texas’ 34th Congressional District is a top battleground for Republicans,” NRCC spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “South Texans are on the front lines of a border and inflation crisis created by the Democrat Party and are turning to the GOP because their current Democrat representatives have failed them.”
Abbott would have to call an “emergency special election,” since the usual deadline to schedule a special election before November has passed, The Texas […]
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