Three-term Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) announced his challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz (R) at the end of March, and a highly competitive Democratic primary is building for the right to succeed the outgoing Congressman. Since the 16th is heavily Democratic and more than 79% Hispanic, the succeeding Democratic primary and run-off will determine the identity of the next congressional member from this El Paso anchored CD. El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar (D) is scheduled to make her congressional campaign announcement later in the week. Already in the Democratic race are El Paso School Board president Dori Fenenbock, who has already raised more than $350,000 for her campaign effort, along with attorney Enrique Garcia, and educator Nicole LeClaire.
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