O’Rourke’s Senate announcement means that 13 US House seats are already in the open category for the next election, including five that are currently vacant and I special election mode. Of the 13 open seats, nine are Republican-held.
Texas’ 16th District, which encompasses El Paso’s city and suburbs, can expect a competitive Democratic primary. Already, talk of state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D) and Mayor Oscar Leeser (D) entering the open seat race is becoming prevalent. Others will undoubtedly join to create what is expected to be a large field of candidates.