SALADO – While checking out a table set up for U.S. Rep. John Carter’s re-election campaign at a recent Salado Republican Women’s Club meeting, Sherril Gardipee noticed something different. “It’s a lot more organized than it has been in the past,” she said to herself. There is a reason for that, and her name is MJ Hegar. By force of her personal story and fundraising prowess, Hegar, a military veteran, has put this traditionally Republican stronghold of a House district on the midterm map. Both at the Salado event and in recent meetings with colleagues, Carter, a Round Rock Republican, has acknowledged that he is in the fight of his political life. Since he was first elected in 2002, Carter has cruised to re-election. The district’s voting history would normally suggest a similar outcome this year. But Democrats are seeing momentum in races across Texas and the country and hoping Hegar might turn out to be the right Democrat at the right time to flip the seat. The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. Loading… The 31st Congressional District extends across two counties — all of suburban Williamson County and most of Bell County, a largely rural area that… Read full this story
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