Democrats are gearing up to take control of Texas’ U.S. House and Senate races.
The race for House District 55 is a tossup with incumbent Rep. Ron DeSantis (D-Dallas) leading Democrat Charlie Crist by about 3,000 votes, according to unofficial results from the state’s elections board.
Crist, who was reelected to a second term last year, has also seen his standing plummet as DeSants has become increasingly vocal on the national stage.
DeSantis has endorsed the president and said he’s committed to the president’s agenda, which included the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
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Republicans have held the seat since 1999.
Democrats have held it since 2005.
Curtis DeSanto, a Dallas Republican who ran for the seat last year and defeated Crist, said he plans to campaign for Crist.
De Santo said he believes he’s well-positioned to win the seat.
De Santo, who also ran for U.D. commissioner, said that while he supports the president, he doesn’t think he’s qualified to be president.
“He’s a very talented businessman, and he has the ability to put his talents to work,” DeSantos said.
Deutsch said that the race was not about who is best suited to serve as president, but about who has the best ideas to improve the economy and bring the country together.
“It’s about the next four years,” Deutsch said.
“And I think it’s clear that, in the next election, we’re going to be able to make sure we get the president of the United States back in the White House.”
Crist and DeSantonos are both expected to run against each other in the April 25 election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.