CD3: Allen resident Sean McCaffity established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano) as a Democrat.

CD4: President Trump tweeted that U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Heath) has “decided to stay in Congress” and will not be nominated as the next Director of National Intelligence. Ratcliffe’s record as a U.S. attorney and his performance on the House Intelligence Committee had come under increasingly negative scrutiny in the days since his nomination was announced, also via tweet.

CD7: Houston crime victims advocate Maria Espinoza announced she would challenge U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) as a Republican. Espinoza co-founded and is the national director for The Remembrance Project, which, in its own words, “educate[s] the general public about the loss of American lives and legal residents at the hands of illegal aliens.” Agriculture Comm. Sid Miller (R) is the campaign’s treasurer. Espinoza unsuccessfully challenged then-U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) in the 2016 Republican primary, receiving 18% of the vote. She is at least the fifth Republican to take a formal step toward challenging Fletcher, who ousted Culberson in the 2018 general election, 53%-47%.

CD24: Colleyville property manager David Fegan established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Carrollton).

HD47: Austin police officer Justin Berry formally announced he would challenge Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin) as a Republican. At least five Republicans have taken a formal step toward challenging Goodwin, who ousted then-Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin), 52%-48%, in the 2018 general election. We previously reported Berry established a campaign committee for what we speculated was this race.

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