Wesley Hunt wins the GOP nomination in Houston’s newest congressional district

State lawmakers tailored Texas’ 38th Congressional District to suit Hunt, who narrowly lost a 2020 contest against Democratic Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.

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Former Army captain and Iraq war veteran Wesley Hunt won the Republican nomination for Houston's newest congressional district. He beat a field of nine rivals with well over 50% of the vote, avoiding a runoff.

Hunt came within four points of beating Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher in 2020. Since then, state GOP lawmakers carved out a new district, Texas’ 38th, specifically with him in mind.

TX-38 stretches from the Energy Corridor in western Harris County northwards to Cypress and Tomball. It includes the most conservative portions of Fletcher’s former 7th district with portions of the deep red 8th district, from which Congressman Kevin Brady is retiring.

"Wesley Hunt grew up in the district,” said political analyst Jacquie Baly. "He has over $1 million. His endorsements include heavy hitters like (U.S. House) Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Ted Cruz."

Add to that the endorsement last month by former President Donald Trump, and Hunt proved unbeatable.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary is likely heading for a runoff between Diana Martinez Alexander and Duncan F. Klussman. Neither of these Democrats are likely to fare well against Hunt because of the way the GOP-led Legislature drew the district.

“Republicans start off with a 25 point advantage, which is unbeatable in any general election,” Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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