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Election 2020

Race To Challenge Michael McCaul Heads To A Runoff

Civil rights attorney Mike Siegel and Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, a physician at a community health clinic, will face off in the runoff election.

Rep. McCaul
Andrew Schneider
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX 10th District)

The race to challenge Republican congressman Michael McCaul ended in a runoff Tuesday, with no candidate gaining the 50% of votes needed to advance to the general election in November, according to the Associated Press.

The two candidates headed to a runoff are civil rights attorney Mike Siegel, who got 45% of the vote, and Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, a physician at a community health clinic, who received 34% of the vote.

Three Democrats competed to challenge McCaul. Siegel ran and lost against McCaul in 2018. He was generally regarded as the most progressive of the Democratic candidates, winning the endorsement of four national unions. Attorney Shannon Hutcheson raised more than $1 million in her bid for the nomination and won the endorsement of EMILY's List, a group working to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights. Gandhi, meanwhile, raised close to $900,000 and won the endorsement of the Austin American-Statesman.

Texas' 10th Congressional District stretches from northwest Houston all the way to Austin, encompassing all or part of nine counties. Roughly a quarter the district is rural, compared to three-quarters urban or suburban.

Republican Congressman Michael McCaul won the seat in 2004 by a double-digit margin, a success he repeated in every reelection campaign through 2016. But in 2018, McCaul defeated his Democratic rival by just over four percentage points. That same year, Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke carried the district over incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named the district as one of its leading targets to flip this fall.