National Republicans Target Five Texas Democrats in 2022
The National Republican Congressional Committee announced its initial offensive pick-up opportunities ahead of the 2022 cycle. Five Texas Democrat representatives are listed among the 47 targets: Lizzie Fletcher, Vincente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar, Colin Allred, and Filemon Vela.
“We are just a few weeks into the Biden Administration and Americans are already seeing the job-killing initiatives House Democrats support,” NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said in a statement. “We will relentlessly hold House Democrats accountable for their socialist agenda and ensure voters understand the damaging impact policies like defunding the police, government-run health care and ending the Keystone XL Pipeline will have on Americans’ everyday lives.”
The Republicans have broken down the 47 offensive targets into three categories: Battleground, Underperforming Democrats and Redistricting Watch. There are 29 Battleground Democrats that include seven districts President Biden lost or where the 2020 presidential or congressional margin was within 5%. Next, there are 8 Underperforming Democrats, who won by less than 10% and underperformed the presidential ballot margin. Finally, there are 10 Redistricting Watch Democrats, who currently represent districts in states gaining or losing seats during the reapportionment or have a redistricting commission.
Allred and Fletcher were previously listed as NRCC targets in 2018.
Congressmembers Fletcher, Gonzalez, Cuellar and Vela have been designated Battleground Democrats, while Allred was listed with Underperforming Democrats.
Emmer emphasized that House Republicans start the cycle five seats short of a majority and pledged to stay “laser-focused on recruiting talented and diverse candidates, aggressively highlighting Democrats’ socialist agenda and raising enough resources to win.”