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Hurd's Exit a Devastation to GOP Hopes of Recapturing House

Hurd's Exit a Devastation to GOP Hopes of Recapturing House

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 09:40 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Press coverage Friday of the surprise announcement of by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, that he would not seek re-election in 2020 focused on the fact that the Republican Party’s lone black U.S. Representative was leaving.

With Hurd gone, the only black Republican in Congress will be Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C.

But Hurd’s departure raises another problem for Republicans: the Texas lawmaker’s seat is now almost sure to fall into Democratic hands, and that adds just one more hurdle the GOP needs to overcome to recapture a majority in the House in 2020.

(The current breakdown of the U.S. House is 235 Democrats, 197 Republicans, one independent and two vacancies.)

At least half a dozen Democratic hopefuls were eyeing a bid for the Lone Star State’s 23rd District before Hurd announced his exit.  Among them were former Rep. Pete Gallego, who lost the 2014 and ’16 elections to Hurd by roughly 3,000 votes each time.

Also reportedly contemplating a bid for the now-open House seat (which stretches nearly 850 miles across the Mexican border, from San Antonio to El Paso) is former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Ginny Oritz Jones, who lost to Hurd in ’18 by about 2,500 votes.

Republicans like to point out that the district did go for Mitt Romney for president and Ted Cruz for the Senate in 2012. 

During an interview with Newsmax in 2015, Hurd joked that we were probably asking ourselves, “How on earth did this black dude ever get elected in a district that is 71 per cent Hispanic?” 

He then answered his own question, pointing out how there was "a feeling I picked up from voters, that their congressman was not in touch with them, that Washington wasn’t in touch."

"So I set out to go to all 29 counties in the district and engage with people."

So far, no Republican who speaks that way and has that attitude has emerged in the 23rd District.

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Press coverage Friday of the surprise announcement of by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, that he would not seek re-election in 2020 focused on the fact that the Republican Party's lone black U.S. Representative was leaving.With Hurd gone, the only black Republican in Congress will...
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