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Congressional District 21

For the first time in decades, Democrats are energized about their chances to take a longtime-Republican congressional seat in Texas this fall.

Since the 1970s, the 21st Congressional District has been solidly in Republican hands. Incumbent Rep. Lamar Smith has held onto the district, which includes a large portion of Austin, for more than 30 years. But Smith is retiring at the end of this term — and with signs of a possible wave election for Democrats, Smith's exit has sparked hopes on the Democratic side.

There are six competitive House races in Texas in the November midterms, including one in the state’s 21st Congressional District, which includes a large portion of Austin and areas north of San Antonio.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson looks at who is running to replace Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who’s retiring after three decades in the seat, and what voters are saying.

Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up the 2018 midterm elections. In Texas, more than 30 races are in runoffs for a party's official nomination. Early voting for the May 22 primary runoff elections begins May 14. 


Ryan Poppe

There are 18 Republican candidates running in an open Congressional District 21 primary. Sixteen of those 18 candidates met on Thursday night and tried to stand out from the crowd at a forum at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch, south of Austin.


Campaign to Elect Robert Stovall

Texas has some crowded primaries this year. Take the Congressional District 21. Longtime Republican Congressman Lamar Smith is retiring, and 18 Republicans are vying to take his old place on the ballot.