Battleground 2020Elections 2020State HouseJoanna Cattanach Wins Democrat Primary in Dallas Area District for Rematch Against Morgan Meyer

After narrowly losing to Republican incumbent Morgan Meyer in 2018 by just over 200 votes, Joanna Cattanach secured the Democratic nomination to once again go head-to-head with Meyer.
March 4, 2020

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After narrowly losing to Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) in 2018 by just over 200 votes, Joanna Cattanach will once again go head-to-head with the Republican incumbent.

With Democrats targeting the Dallas district as one to flip in 2020, Cattanach’s history made her a strong contender heading into Super Tuesday.

Though opponent Shawn Terry outraised Cattanach and other Democratic candidates with nearly $400,000 since last January, he ended the evening with only 27.3 percent of the vote to Cattanach’s 58.3 percent. 

Tom Ervin trailed both Terry and Cattanach with 14.4 percent. 

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Despite touting endorsements from the Dallas Morning News and former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Terry’s previous run as a Republican for Texas’ 24th Congressional district in 1998 was a shadow throughout his attempted rebranding as a progressive Democrat.

With endorsements from various prominent organizations, including Planned Parenthood and Moms Demand Action, during her 2018 campaign, Cattanach had strong momentum heading into the primary election in 2020.

“We won! ‘For us this race has always been about the issues that matter and finishing the fight that we started… we’ll need you in the general election,” Cattanach said in a statement following her victory. 

Despite the fact that Meyer holds the seats as Republican, the district is rated as “Lean Democrat” by Mark P. Jones at Rice University.

As November approaches, North Texans wait to see if this Dallas district, encompassing prominent landmarks, such as Southern Methodist University (SMU) and American Airlines Center, will indeed be flipped as Meyer and Cattanach face off once again. 


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Sarah McConnell, Reporter for The Texan

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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.