Saturday, December 2, 2023

2024 elections: Who will run in Texas's 26th congressional district now that Republican Michael Burgess is not running for re-election

The gerrymandered 26th congressional district packs and cracks Denton County, one of Texas's fastest-growing.  It is also becoming less red.  In 2020, Trump won 58.6% of the vote in the 26th CD and 53.2% in Denton County.

Source:  Ballotpedia
(Libertarian candidates challenged Burgess in 2014 and 2022)

NBCDFW  11/1/2023
Burgess told NBC 5 he didn't want to hold on to power too long. First elected in 2002, the local obstetrician said he was healthy and had no major medical problems. He wants to spend more time with his family in his later years. 
"I have a lot of things going for me, but at the same time I have to accept the fact that I've been doing this for 22 years and I was in my mid-50s when I got there. I already had a career," said Burgess, "This year, probably more than others, there's been more discussion on candidates ages and are they up to the task."

So far, 6 Republicans and 2 Democrats have announced that they are running to succeed Granger.  (Screenshots from same Ballotpedia link as above.)

Other dropouts:
Debbie Lesko. R, AZ-8.  (11/28/2023
Anna Eshoo.  D, CA-16.  (11/29/2023)
Ken Buck.  R,CO-4.  (1128//2023)
John Sarbanes.  D, MD-3.  (11/30/2023)
John Sarbanes.  D, MI-8.  (11/30/2023)
Kay Granger.  R, TX-12.  (12/1/2023) 

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