Seven members of Congress from Texas are retiring this year, more than from any other state. Two of those about to leave represent Greater Houston – Republican Rep. Ted Poe of District 2 and Democratic Rep. Gene Green of District 29. Both districts are considered safe for their respective parties. That means whoever wins those primaries in each is all but certain to win in November.
First, let’s look at District 2, where nine Republicans are on the ballot.
“It’s a massive district,” said Republican political consultant Joe Brettell. “Stretches out from essentially North Houston into some of the western suburbs, rings the city all the way out to Kingwood, with issues that face both rural and urban voters, certainly [an] area that was affected by Harvey.”