A wave of House Republican retirements has Democrats jumping at the chance to push deeper into a GOP stronghold.
Rep. Kenny Marchant, an eighth-term Texas Republican who represents Dallas suburbs, announced his retirement Monday. He becomes the 12th GOP House member to either say they will resign or not seek reelection since the current Congress started in January.
The pace of retirements has started to pick up. Seven Republicans have announced they will not run for another term since July 25. With members in their districts for all of August, more retirements could soon follow Marchant’s.
The House Democratic campaign arm had already targeted several Texas seats in 2020 after flipping two districts in the state in last year’s midterms. After three Texas Republicans who won reelection in 2018 by fewer than 5 percentage points bowed out, Democrats see an opening to gain more ground in traditionally red Texas as they push to hold their House majority.
Four Texas Republicans — Marchant…