National Democrats to Invest in Collin County Congressional Race
for US Congress TX District 3
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of House Democrats, is poised to commit resources to seize three more Republican-held seats in November. The revised target list includes the District 3 seat in Collin County held by Republican Van Taylor.
Cook Political Report Upgraded District 3 from Likely R to Lean R
"TX-03: Van Taylor (R) - Dallas north suburbs: Plano
Lean Republican. This white-collar Plano seat is a suburban melting pot and a ticking time bomb for the GOP. In 2012, Mitt Romney carried it by 30 points, but in 2016, Trump carried it by 14 and in 2018, Sen. Ted Cruz carried it by just four. Taylor didn't face a credible 2018 opponent and won by ten, but today he represents by far the highest share of college graduates of any House Republican.
Last week, Democrat Lulu Seikaly's campaign released a Global Strategies Group poll showing Taylor up just 43 percent to 37 percent and Biden leading Trump 48 percent to 46 percent. Seikaly, a 34 year old daughter of Lebanese immigrants, is an extroverted SMU graduate and employment attorney who identifies as a centrist. And privately, Republicans admit Biden could be ahead here.
Ultimately, Taylor's biggest insurance policy will be his unlimited checkbook. Taylor, whose family owned a stake in the original Esso corporation, is a Marine veteran of Iraq and has an estimated net worth of $34 million. Seikaly had just $39,000 on hand after winning her July runoff, but may get a boost from Democrats spending heavily on Collin County seats in a bid to win back the state house."
- Cook Political Report, 8/14/2020