Former President Barack Obama released his “first wave” of 2020 endorsements, which included 27 Texas House and U.S. House incumbents, challengers and open-seat candidates:

  • House incumbents Erin Zwiener (HD45), James Talarico (HD52), Jessica González (HD104), Terry Meza (HD105), Rhetta Bowers (HD113), Gina Calanni (HD132) and Jon Rosenthal (HD135)
  • House challengers Keke Williams (HD54), Angela Brewer (HD64), Sharon Hirsch (HD66), Elizabeth Beck (HD97), Joanna Cattanach (HD108), Brandy Chambers (HD112), Celina Montoya (HD121), Natali Hurtado (HD126) and Ann Johnson (HD134); and
  • House open-seat candidates Jeff Whitfield (HD92), Joe Drago (HD96) and Akilah Bacy (HD138)
  • Congressional incumbents Lizzie Fletcher (CD7) and Colin Allred (CD32)
  • Congressional challengers Sima Ladjevardian (CD2), Adrienne Bell (CD14) and Wendy Davis (CD21); and
  • Congressional open-seat candidates Sri Preston Kulkarni (CD22), Gina Ortiz Jones (CD23) and Candace Valenzuela (CD24)

Not included was U.S. Senate challenger M.J. Hegar (D) as well as some incumbents in competitive seats, but calling this group the “first wave” of endorsements implies more waves are forthcoming.

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