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Democrats also identified more than three dozen Republican-held districts they intended to target, including seven in Texas.
A top takeover opportunity for Democrats was Texas’ 23rd District, a border district stretching from San Antonio to El Paso and held by Republican Will Hurd, who’s retiring. Texas’ 23rd was one of just three districts that, along with New York’s 24th District and Pennsylvania’s 1st District, voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and for a House Republican in 2018. Democrats fell short, however, and Republican Tony Gonzales claimed victory after a tight race.
Democrats also made a play for the suburban Texas districts of retiring Republican Reps. Pete Olson of the 22nd District and Kenny Marchant of the 24th District. They lost the 22nd District, but the 24th is currently too close to call, with Republican Beth Van Duyne leading.
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