It could end up being a showdown in the Senate.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke has formed a strong grassroots campaign to bring the race to a close heat, squaring off with Senator Ted Cruz. Incumbent, Roger Williams of District 25, is facing Julie Oliver. In District 21, after 30 years as Congressman, Lamar Smith is retiring, leaving the seat open to hopefuls Joseph Kopser and Chip Roy. Finally, with County Sheriff Lupe Valdez bringing the heat against Greg Abbott, one of the most popular governors in the country, the gubernatorial race in Texas will be a tough battle leading up to election day.
Beto O'Rourke attended Columbia University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. Currently a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Texas' 16th Congressional District, where he has served since 2012.
Ted Cruz attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He's held various government positions. He was a presidential contender in the 2016 election before he lost in the primary. He is currently a U.S. Senator for Texas.
Heading into the 2018 election, the incumbent governor is Greg Abbott, who is running for re-election to a second term in office. He will face off with Democrat Lupe Valdez, the former Sheriff of Dallas County.
Lupe Valdez graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and received a Master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas. She served as the county sheriff for Dallas County, Texas. before resigning to run for governor.
Greg Abbott earned a finance degree from University of Texas, and then earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He was on the Texas State Supreme Court and former Attorney General of Texas. He is currently the sitting Governor.