Hunt wins Republican primary in Texas’ 7th Congressional District

Wesley Hunt defeated five other candidates in the Republican Primary on March 3, 2020. He will advance to the general election on Nov. 3. As of 10:53 p.m. Central Time on March 3, 5% of precincts had reported. Hunt led with 61.8% of the vote, followed by Cindy Siegel with 27.8% and Maria Espinoza with 5.4%. The other candidates in the race were Kyle Preston, Jim Noteware, and Laique Rehman.
Incumbent Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Fletcher was first elected in 2018, winning by five percentage points. Republicans had held the seat since 1967 before that.
The 7th District has a 2017 Cook Partisan Voter Index score of R+7, meaning this district’s results were 7 percentage points more Republican than the national average in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. Two of three race rating outlets rate the race as lean Democratic, while the other rates it as likely Democratic.