The future of District 23 without Will Hurd

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The future of District 23 without Will Hurd
The future of District 23 without Will Hurd

AUSTIN — With U.S. Rep. Will Hurd opting to step away from representing Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, Republicans look to keep a seat held by a politician known to cross party lines and condemn President Donald Trump, while Democrats seek to make Texas just a bit more blue

And the district — known to waiver between being held by a Republican and Democrat — is ripe for the picking in 2020, according to pundits. Three-term incumbent Hurd being out of the picture only helps that case.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said Hurd being out of the race “makes a big difference for Republicans in a negative way.”

“The reason the Republicans held that seat was because of Will Hurd. Period. He worked and worked to keep that district in the Republican column. Without him there to do that, the personal politics are removed to some degree and the partisan politics replaces it.”



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