2022 Primary Election RESULTSElections 2022FederalCongressman Van Taylor Vulnerable to Ouster After Challenger Keith Self Advances to Runoff

Taylor had faced criticism for his vote in favor of a bipartisan commission to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
March 2, 2022
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After facing scrutiny from several primary opponents, Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX-03) has been forced to a runoff with Keith Self for the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District.

Self was the county judge in Collin County for more than a decade.

With all precincts reporting, the congressman received 49 percent of the primary ballots while Self received 27 percent. Challenger  Suzanne Harp received 21 percent while the other two vote-getters, Jeremy Ivanovskis and Rickey Williams, finished with 1 percent and 3 percent respectively.

A majority is required to nominate a candidate for Congress on primary day. The runoff between Taylor and Self will take place on Tuesday, May 24.

Taylor voted in favor of a bipartisan commission to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021. However, the commission fell through after the legislation to establish it died in the U.S. Senate.

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Though he voted against the select committee that the U.S. House convened to investigate the Washington, D.C. riot, Republican candidates criticized Taylor for feeding into efforts to investigate Trump supporters.

Opponents of the investigation believe it has been politicized, especially by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), and that Congress has not shown as much interest in the summertime riots that occurred across the country in 2020.

The winner of the GOP runoff will face Democrat Sandeep Srivastava in the general election. Srivastava defeated Doc Shelby with 62 percent of the vote against his opponent’s 38 percent. The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index rates CD 3 at R-61%, indicating a strong likelihood of a Republican victory.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."