In the Houston-based 7th district, attorney Lizzie Fletcher bested Laura Moser, an author and activist whom the DCCC had attacked before the March 6 primary — a decision that backfired and inspired candidates across the country to attack the committee as meddling outsiders. In the weeks since that race, national attention had turned elsewhere, and Moser’s funding had dried up.
In the 21st district, which stretches from Austin into rural counties, Republican-turned-Democrat Joseph Kopser defeated Mary Wilson, a teacher who had spent little money but edged him out in the first round. In the 23rd district, which stretches across much of the Mexican border, Air Force veteran Gina Ortiz Jones easily defeated a teacher and Bernie Sanders delegate, Rick Trevino.
In the 31st district, which stretches from north Austin to the Fort Hood military base, Air National Guard veteran Mary “MJ” Hegar also won easily. In the Dallas-based 32nd district, former NFL player and civil rights attorney Colin Allred defeated Emily’s List-backed Lillian Salerno.