Former one-term US Rep. Quico Canseco (R-San Antonio) represented the swing 23rd District from 2011-2013. He defeated former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-San Antonio) in 2010, but then lost to Democrat Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) two years later. Rep. Gallego would then himself lose in 2014 to current incumbent Will Hurd (R-San Antonio). About two months ago, Mr. Canseco announced that he would challenge Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) in the heavily Democratic 20th CD. Now, the frequent Republican candidate has again changed course, but this time his move makes more political sense. Over the weekend, the former Congressman announced he is switching his candidacy to the open 21st District, the seat from which veteran Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) is retiring. Since the eventual Republican nominee will become the general election favorite here, a victory path for Mr. Canseco could exist.
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