Democrat and former NFL player Collin Allred has won in Texas’s 32nd Congressional District, defeating prominent Republican incumbent Pete Sessions in a district that has been getting bluer.
The wealthy Dallas-area district went for Hillary Clinton in 2016 by two points, and its demographics are changing quickly, though Democrats did not field a challenger to Sessions that year.
Sessions is considered one of the most powerful Texans in Congress. He has been there since 1997 and has represented the district since 2003. He’s chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee.
Sessions, who received an endorsement from President Trump, emphasized the performance of the economy, crediting GOP leadership with that prosperity. He claimed his opponent was aligned with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and was too liberal for the Texas district.
Allred, a first-time candidate, was born in Dallas and went on to play linebacker for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans before earning a degree in law and starting work as an attorney. He has rejected the characterization that he’s a Pelosi partisan and said he would bring an independent voice to the House.