Another Texas Republican Retires from Congress
Republican Congressman Marchant announced his retirement from the U.S. House on August 5, 2019.
His Dallas-area district leaves an opening for Democrats to exploit in 2020.
Marchant’s announcement comes days after RINO Congressman Will Hurd announced that he would not seek re-election in his border district. Pete Olson also retired and will not run for re-election in his district in the Houston suburbs.
Curiously, The Washington Post reports that “All three men won reelection in 2018 by five percentage points or less — in Hurd’s case, by only a few hundred votes.”
In statement thanking his family, staff, and constituents, Marchant said “I am looking forward to finishing out my term and then returning to Texas to start a new chapter.”
Democrats have declared that a “Texodus” is taking place as the three Republicans leave office. Three other incumbents— John Carter, Michael McCaul and Chip Roy — will be in competitive races during 2020.
The Post provides an interesting overview of the growing changes in Marchant’s 24th district:
Marchant’s district, centered on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and comprising affluent suburbs between the two cities, is one of several Texas districts that has become steadily more diverse over the past decade. In 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the 24th District by 22 points; four year later, Trump won it by only six points.
In 2018, Marchant beat his Democratic opponent by only three points after winning by 17 points in 2016. Given this shift, Democrats have put this district at the top of their target list.
There may be some validity in the reports about the changing demographics of the U.S. and its impact on the GOP’s electoral prospect in the next few decades.
It’s no secret that Third World mass migration trends benefit Democrats.
For the sake of maintaining a cohesive social order and political relevancy, the GOP will need to start getting serious on immigration reform—which entails restricting pathways to citizenship, ending birthright citizenship, and ending chain migration.
If not, the Lone Star State will likely transform into a solid blue state within the next few decades.