Eight-term veteran Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) won re-election in November with a tight 51-47% victory margin, but the result was even closer than the spread reveals. Democratic nominee Jan McDowell spent less than $100,000 on her campaign, meaning she should not have been particularly competitive.
Now, the 2020 race is attracting a great deal of attention. No less than six Democrats have expressed interested in running, including Ms. McDowell. The latest entry is local school board member Candace Valenzuela, who announced her intention yesterday. We can expect a competitive March Democratic primary, and a general election that will likely become a national target. For his part, Rep. Marchant has already amassed $1.7 million for the next campaign.
The 24th District sits in between Dallas and Ft. Worth, encompassing the communities of Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Euless, and Grapevine. The seat voted 51-45% for President Trump after supporting Mitt Romney in a 60-38% margin over President Obama in 2012. On a plus note for the Democrats, Beto O’Rourke topped Sen. Ted Cruz (R) here, 51-48%.
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