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The 10th District Runoff Is About ‘Electability’ Versus Progressive Politics

Democrat Pritesh Gandhi (left) says he’s more electable than Mike Siegel and can beat incumbent Michael McCaul. Siegel says the current crises the U.S. faces demand his more progressive solutions.

One of the congressional races being watched nationally is Texas’ 10th Congressional District. It’s being called a “battleground race,” because Republican incumbent Michael McCaul – who has held the seat since 2004 – won it in 2018 by only 4 percentage points .

The 10th District includes all of Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Waller and Washington counties, and parts of Travis, Lee, Bastrop and Harris counties.

McCaul’s Democratic challenger in 2018, Mike Siegel , is giving it another shot. But he has competition for that opportunity. July’s runoff election will ask voters in the 10th District to decide between him and Pritesh Gandhi .

Both Siegel and Gandhi disagree with McCaul’s conservative policies, but what makes the two Democrats different from one another?

Siegel, a former public school teacher and Austin city attorney, calls himself much more progressive than Gandhi.“My policies really reflect what Democrats want to see in Washington, D.C., and that’s a huge distinguishing factor between me and Pritesh,” Siegel said. “I support a universal health care program like Medicare for […]

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