Elections 2020FederalStatewide NewsPresident Trump Endorses Rep. Kay Granger Amid Primary Challenge

As Chris Putnam gains momentum in his primary challenge of incumbent Kay Granger, President Trump issued a statement of support for the long-time Congresswoman.
December 17, 2019
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In a tweet today, President Trump gave his support to Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX-12) as the race for Texas’ 12th Congressional District heats up.

“Congresswoman Kay @GrangerCampaign has worked hard for Texas and been a strong supporter of our #MAGA Agenda, She’s strong on #2A and Securing our Border and is 100% pro-life. Kay has my Complete and Total Endorsement!,” the president said via Twitter. 

At the end of September, Chris Putnam announced his primary run against 23-year incumbent Kay Granger, raising more than $500,000 in the first six days.

Juxtaposing himself with Rep. Granger, whom some have criticized for her more moderate approach to spending and her previous identification as a “pro-choice Republican,” Putnam has advocated his support for President Trump on a number of issues in an effort to garner support from the conservative base in the district. 

Putnam has gained some momentum since his announcement this fall, advocating his support for border security initiatives, reductions in spending, and tax reform among other issues. 

As a previous Colleyville City Councilman, Putnam has embraced his image as a Washington-outsider to further distinguish himself from Rep. Granger in an effort to galvanize grassroots support. 

Congresswoman Granger is currently the most senior female Republican member of the House of Representatives and serves as the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee. 

As threats to her incumbency loomed from Putnam’s gaining momentum, President Trump’s endorsement could help boost support from the Republican base. 

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Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell

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.