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First-term Rep. Chip Roy looks to retain his new seat against Democrat Wendy Davis in Texas’ 21st Congressional District.
Roy, the ghostwriter of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s book, was a member of Perry’s staff and presidential campaign. He was the chief of staff for Ted Cruz and was an architect of the 2013 government shutdown which Cruz led, according to Politico. In 2014, Roy became the first assistant attorney general under Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a position Roy later left in 2016 to lead the Trusted Leadership PAC – a political action committee designed to assist Ted Cruz’s presidential aspirations.
Davis, Roy’s challenger, is a former member of the Texas State Senate – a position she held for 6 years. During her time in the state senate, she led a 13 hours-long filibuster to block a State Senate bill restricting abortion rights in Texas.
She formerly ran for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in 2014 and ultimately lost. Her campaign platform is centered upon investing in schools, combatting climate change, and providing protection for DACA recipients and temporary protected status holders.
Texas’ 21st Congressional District is located in the center of the state and covers the area north of San Antonio and a large portion of Austin. The district is home to Real, Kerr, Kendall, Blanco, Bandera, and Gillespie counties and parts of Bexar, Hays, Travis, and Comal counties.
The district has not been represented by a Democrat since 1979. Mitt Romney carried the 21st District by 22 points, 60% to 38% in 2012, but Trump carried the District by a smaller margin of ten points, 52% to 42%, in the 2016 election, according to the Daily Kos.
In Texas’ 2018 US Senate race, Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tied in the district with 49% of the vote each.
The money race
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Davis has raised $4.4 million – about $2 million more than the incumbent, Roy. She also has $2.9 million in cash on hand compared to Roy’s $1.7 million. The Federal Election Commission notes that each candidate has received over $300,000 from various political action committees and committees.
What some of the experts say
The race between Roy and Davis is rated as “tilts Republican” by Inside Elections. The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics each rate the race as a “toss-up.”SEE ALSO: A Texas congressional candidate just spoofed the widely-mocked Peloton ad in a new campaign video
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