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Tue Aug 31, 2021, 01:52 PM

National Republicans zero in on South Texas congressional race to oust Vicente Gonzalez

by Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

National Republicans are zeroing in on Texas' 15th Congressional District as their top battleground here in 2022 an opportunity to show the GOP can make inroads in South Texas on its way to reclaiming the House majority.

The Democratic incumbent, state Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen, had a surprisingly close race last year as President Joe Biden underperformed across the region, and his 2020 challenger, Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez, is running again.

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will endorse De La Cruz-Hernandez, an early show of support from the top House Republican that cements the contest's top-tier battleground status nationally.

"Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez is a successful small businesswoman who understands the needs and values of hard-working Texans," McCarthy said in a statement to The Texas Tribune. "Many pundits predicted Monica's opponent would easily win in 2020, but Monica's tenacity and relentless campaign came within 7,000 votes of defeating the Democrat incumbent. Monica is running for Congress again, and this time, she will win."

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2021/08/31/monica-de-la-cruz-henderson-vicente-gonzalez-texas-15/

The three Democratic congressional seats are vulnerable to gains by Republicans. Filemon Vela has indicated that he will not run in 2022. Henry Cuellar is being challenged from the left by Jessica Cisneros. Meanwhile, Gonzalez has been viewed as the weakest of the three Democrats. Some minor adjustments through redistricting could find all of them out of office.

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Tue Aug 31, 2021, 01:59 PM

1. If the Hispanic community votes for the GOP then they are nuts.

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