The campaign of Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) teased that it has scheduled a “BIG Campaign Announcement” for Saturday at its new campaign office in San Antonio. He is widely expected to announce a challenge of Sen. Pete Flores (R-San Antonio). Gutierrez unsuccessfully sought the seat in a 2018 special election necessitated by the resignation of former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Gutierrez came in third with 24%, missing the runoff between eventual winner Flores (34%) and former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (29%).
Relative to the state, the precincts comprising SD19 have been slowly becoming more friendly to Republicans in general elections, moving from 15 points bluer than the state as a whole in 2002 to just 9 points bluer in 2018. The average statewide Democratic candidate received 55% of the vote, measured head-to-head against the Republicans, in 2018, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) carried the district over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), 57%-42%, and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez edged out Gov. Greg Abbott (R), 50%-48%. In 2016, Hillary Clinton (D) carried the district over Donald Trump (R), 53%-42%.
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