The federal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted about three dozen districts across the country won by Hillary Clinton but electing a Republican representative, including Dallas Co.-based CD32. U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) has been the only person elected from the district since it was first drawn in 2002, following three terms in what was then CD5.
Sessions has been in the cross hairs of Tea Party activists for the last two cycles, and now national Democrats have placed a target on him as well. Sessions posted double-digit victories over Democratic challengers and one incumbent for his first seven races for CD32. In 2016, no Democrat filed against him.
CD32 is comprised on north central Dallas, Garland, Highland Park, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse and University Park in Dallas Co. plus nine voting precincts in southeastern Collin Co. The latter portion is roughly just as Republican now as it was in 2012. The larger Dallas Co. portion experienced shifts in straight-party voting and, at least for president, partisan preference that likely signaled an opportunity for national Democrats.
As we saw with CD7, another district being targeted by the DCCC, the shift in straight-party voting, while significant, was not enough to overcome the Republicans’ advantage, and the rest of the Republican ticket outperformed its presidential nominee all the way down the ballot.
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