Senator Ted Cruz already has one challenger for his U.S. Senate seat in 2024. Dallas-area Congressman Colin Allred announced on Wednesday that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2024. Allred was first elected to Congress in 2018 and has been viewed as a "rising star" in the Democrat Party.
Allred announced in a 3 minute long video that he was running and took shots at Cruz for not being likable and his trip to Cancun during the winter storm that knocked out power for millions of Texans.
As the Texas Tribune points out, Allred's campaign will be an uphill battle in 2024 as not only will Cruz be on the ballot, but so will President Joe Biden.
Allred’s campaign begins as an uphill battle. A Democrat hasn’t won a statewide election in Texas since 1994, and while Cruz’s 2018 reelection race against Beto O’Rourke was surprisingly tight, Democrats have not been able to replicate such a close contest since then.
“Some people say a Democrat can’t win in Texas,” Allred said in the video, which partly focused on his upbringing from the son of a single mother to NFL player. “Well, someone like me was never supposed to get this far.”
Cruz's campaign responded by calling Allred “too extreme for Texas,” citing his faithful voting record with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Allred may not be the only Democrat to announce a campaign for Senate in 2024. Other candidates could enter the race against Cruz while Cruz could see a Republican opponent as well.
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