Dan Grant Releases Statement on Interim Congressional Maps

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Dan Grant released a statement today on the interim Congressional maps released by the Federal Courts on Wednesday, making clear that while he will not be running against Congressman Lloyd Doggett in the 25th, he is giving strong consideration to the newly drawn 10th district.

Grant had previously announced that he was exploring a run in the Legislature-drawn 25th district, which stretched from the University of Texas through parts of Bell County up to Fort Worth. 11 Republicans had also announced intention to seek the seat. With the lines re-drawn, Grant is now taking a closer look at the 10th, where he ran in 2008 against Rush Limbaugh's BFF Mike McCaul.

Grant's statement is as follows:

Statement on the Release of Interim Congressional Maps

Two days ago, the hopes of Democrats and progressives across central Texas were met with resounding action by a federal judicial panel's release of fair and equitable interim maps for the United States House of Representatives.

Dan Grant, who has been exploring a run in the State Legislature-drawn 25th district, will withdraw from the race for CD-25, allowing Rep. Lloyd Doggett to return to his newly re-drawn district to continue representing the people of Austin.

“Travis County has been made whole, and Congressman Doggett has traditionally represented Texas' 25th – I will willingly step aside so that he can run unopposed.  The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to voting and representation.  The court's decision has upheld this principle with a fair map that allows all Texans these opportunities,” said Grant.

Speaking in regards to his own campaign, Grant added, “I have been touched by the enthusiasm and support I've received in my exploration of the 25th Congressional district.  The unique opportunities in the coming election season will afford Travis County, and all Texans, real representation in Congress.  In the days ahead, I will be considering how best to move forward with these new Congressional opportunities.”

There has been a lot of chatter in Wednesday's redistricting diary about the newly drawn 10th — what are your thoughts? Is this a potential pick-up opportunity for the right candidate? Can a Democrat overcome Mike McCaul's father-in-law's bank account?  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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  1. A battle of negatives
    I would be very happy if Dan Grant decided to run. He's an extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful person who would make a great congressman, and I expect that he would run a strong campaign.

    As for whether he can win, that mostly depends on national events. Almost nobody is going to vote for a Democrat in this race, and very few are going to vote for McCaul, who has been incredibly ineffective. But a lot of Democrats will line up to vote against the Republican House, and a lot of Republicans will line up to vote against Obama (and the rest of the Democratic ticket).

    There's an intense anti-incumbent mood right now, and you can be sure that both Obama and the Republicans will be stoking the part of that mood that helps them.  McCaul will not run against Grant, or even against Nancy Pelosi — he'll run against Obama. So will the entire Republican ticket. Meanwhile, Obama will be running against Cantor, Ryan, Boehner, and, oh, by the way, the Republican presidential nominee.

    Give us an improving economy, an intelligent campaign by Obama that puts some resources into Texas, and an inept and disliked GOP nominee (Newt Gingrich qualifies quite nicely), and Democrats will retake the House, winning in places like TX-10.  Give us a double dip recession and/or a disciplined campaign by Romney, and we get blown out.

    A good or bad campaign by Grant (or somebody else) and by McCaul can affect things on the margins, but only on the margins. This race will be decided by coattails, and by the enthusiasm and GOTV efforts that the presidential campaigns generate. We have to do a better job in Travis than the GOP does in Harris.  

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