Freshman Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-San Antonio) not only came through a hard fought 2020 general election campaign, but he barely won the GOP nomination. In the Republican runoff, Mr. Gonzales defeated homebuilder Raul Reyes by just 45 votes, in a result that took weeks to confirm. Mr. Reyes, who had not ruled out again challenging Rep. Gonzales, has made his political decision for 2022. He will run for the state Senate.
Because this expansive west Texas congressional district that stretches from San Antonio all the way to El Paso is politically marginal and will likely remain so post redistricting, Rep. Gonzales building a united Republican base is a must for re-election. Mr. Reyes not running again certainly helps the new incumbent achieve this important preliminary goal.
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