Rep. Colin Allred, a Democrat from Texas, announced on Wednesday that he will run for president. Senate in 2024, challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz early on.
Allred, a three-term congressman and former NFL player, is a huge underdog going into the election.
No Democrat has won a statewide seat in Texas in nearly 30 years, even though Cruz edged out Beto O’Rourke in 2018 during a strong midterm election campaign for Democrats nationwide.
In a video introducing her campaign, Allred stated, “Some people say a Democrat can’t win in Texas.” Well, I never should have made it this far, after all.
Democrats presently possess a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and will defend 23 seats in 2024, providing them with a challenging electoral landscape.
The Democrats, who are once again attempting to rebuild in the nation’s largest red state following O’Rourke’s costly campaign to beat Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year, have not fielded any other well-known candidates in Texas for the Senate race.
Allred played linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, and by running for the Senate, he is giving up a safe Democratic congressional seat in Dallas. He belongs to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Cruz ran for president in 2016, but he has stated that his attention is now on his reelection in 2017.
In a statement, the Cruz team said that Allred is “too extreme for Texas” and that her voting history is “completely out-of-touch” with the region.