In November, Texas elected its second woman, Beth Van Duyne, to the House of Representatives. Her victory in the race is being called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “most bitter loss” in the 2020 election, Fox News reported.
Van Duyne, the former mayor of Irving and an official in the Trump administration, defeated Democratic candidate Candace Valenzuela to hold onto the seat held by Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant, who did not seek re-election this year, The Associated Press reported.
Republicans won all six Texas seats where GOP House members did not seek re-election despite the Democratic Party dumping large amounts of money into those races.
Van Duyne’s pickup must be especially difficult for Pelosi, however, because it happened in a district that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 but flipped for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in 2020.
A blow to Pelosi
“Pelosi, Democrat leadership, and numerous liberal, attack organizations went all-in to assault Beth Van Duyne, spending over $14 million and making TX-24 the most expensive open-seat race in the country,” an unnamed Texas GOP strategist told Fox News. “They completely believed they were going to win.”
“Pelosi’s failure in this North Texas suburban district — that Joe Biden won — may well be her most bitter loss,” the strategist added.
Of course, Pelosi has tried to play down the Democrats’ loss of at least 12 House seats.
“We lost a few seats,” Pelosi said in November. “But as I said, we won those seats in Trump districts. He wasn’t on the ballot [in 2018], he is now. I do believe with Biden in the White House and a Democratic Congress and hopefully a Democratic Senate — we’ll see in January — we’ll be able to do great things for the American people.”
Van Duyne defends police
According to the National Republican Congressional Committee, Van Duyne’s strong stance against defunding the police had a lot to do with her victory.
“Van Duyne successfully highlighted her opponent’s radical defund the police agenda and let voters know she’ll do everything she can to protect oil and gas jobs, which House Democrats have continuously tried to eliminate,” NRCC spokesman Bob Salera said, Fox reported.
Van Duyne said she wants to work on jobs and health care options when she gets to the House.
“The results of this race proved the people of North Texas want a representative who will go to Washington to get things done, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Van Duyne told Fox News. “As a single mother and a businesswoman, I’m ready to fight to empower working families, expand job opportunities, and deliver more options for people to have affordable, personalized health care.”