Elections 2020FederalRep. Chip Roy Wins Reelection, Surviving Strong Democratic Push from Challenger Wendy Davis

Conservative firebrand Rep. Chip Roy defeated progressive darling Wendy Davis in one of the hottest congressional races in the country.
November 4, 2020
In one of the most-watched congressional races in the country, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21) has staved off Democratic opponent Wendy Davis. He emerged victorious by 52 percent and secured just over 230,000 votes.

After his victory, Roy told The Texan “As Americans, we are bound together by an idea larger than political discourse. We are bound by a shared belief in the greatness of Texas and our nation, and the centrality of both freedom and the rule of law to our prosperity as a people. On election night, Texans in the Hill Country demonstrated our collective resolve to preserve these important ideals for ourselves and our children and grandchildren, so that they may inherit a stronger, safer, and freer country.”

“I am honored to represent the great people, businesses, and communities of the 21st Congressional District in Texas — and I appreciate the faith those people have placed in me to continue to represent them. It is time we stand up for America — to ensure that the sacrifices of those who have fought, bled, and died for this country are honored by national leaders who will unapologetically stand up for the forgotten men and women who make this country work, for the law enforcement officers who keep our communities safe, and for the values reflected in our nation’s founding,” he concluded.

Roy was outspent 2 to 1 in a race that featured national PAC’s intervening on both sides. Both Roy and Davis vastly outperformed the vote totals of the 2016 and 2018 races in the 21st Congressional District.

Two years ago, Roy escaped the “Beto Wave” by 2.6 percent in his first campaign. In this race, he outperformed the 2018 numbers by over 50,000 votes and 1.6 percent. Davis outperformed the 2018 nominee Joseph Kopser by 33,000 votes.

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Travis County went overwhelmingly to Davis while the Hill Country counties went strongly for Roy. In Bexar County, the other population center of the district, Roy edged out a slim victory.

The pair clashed over coronavirus, the government’s role therein, healthcare, energy, and community-police relations.

In a concession statement, Davis said, “This campaign and our supporters showed that when we stand up for what we believe in, those in power are forced to listen. Change never comes easy, and I hope that young women and girls in Texas and around the country can take inspiration from this fight.

“I will continue to help raise my granddaughters to fight for what is right and the future they deserve, and today I want our supporters to know they should do the same. I continue to be inspired by the young Texans I met throughout this campaign and know that the future of Texas is bright because of them,” she concluded.

Roy, a conservative, and Davis, a progressive, are each quintessential examples of their respective political ideology. And thus, set in an increasingly purple district, the matchup was one of great allure.

Davis benefitted not only from millions of out-of-state campaign donations, but from independent expenditures from organizations such as Brady PAC. Roy also received out-of-state help from groups like Club for Growth.

But the monsoon of support could not move Roy from his post.

This is Davis’ second marquee loss in six years as she was soundly defeated in the 2014 gubernatorial race by Governor Greg Abbott.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.