Battleground 2020Elections 2020FederalRep. Kay Granger Fends Off Conservative Challenger Chris Putnam

Despite facing a competitive primary from Chris Putnam, long-time incumbent Kay Granger successfully defended her seat, defeating Putnam with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
March 4, 2020

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Heading into Super Tuesday, the race between long-time incumbent Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12) and former Colleyville City Councilman Chris Putnam in Texas’ 12th Congressional District seat was one of the most highly anticipated. 

The 12th Congressional District of Texas.

In the end, however, Congresswoman Granger successfully fended off her challenger, defeating Putnam with 58.3 percent of the vote to his 41.7 percent. 

Though Granger has faced primary opponents before, the campaign launched by Putnam quickly proved to be a challenge Granger had not seen in a long time.

Soon after launching his candidacy in September, Putnam boasted raising more than $500,000 during the first week of the campaign. 

Additionally, with endorsements from all three county sheriffs in the district, Putnam also earned endorsements from a number of grassroots organizations, including Club for Growth and Texas Right to Life.

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Despite launching a competitive campaign, however, Granger’s endorsements from President Trump, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Susan B. Anthony List among other prominent organizations ultimately helped pave the way to her victory.

Heading into the race, the big question for many voters was whether or not the North Texas district was ready for a fresh face in Congress or content to keep the status quo with Granger.

In spite of the slow trickle of results that plagued much of the state on Tuesday, it became clear relatively early in the evening that Granger would successfully hold off Putnam’s bid

Approximately three hours after voting ended across the state, representatives from Putnam’s campaign told The Texan that they had conceded victory to Granger.

Granger will now serve as the Republican candidate heading into the general election in November.

If elected, this will be her 13th term in Congress. 

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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.