Former 23rd District Republican Congressman Quico Canseco is the early favorite to return to Washington as the Representative from the 21st District, according to a poll released today.
The survey, taken by Alabama based Cygnal Polling, shows Canseco with a strong lead in a crowded field of candidates who want to succeed the retiring Lamar Smith in the overwhelmingly Republican district.
Canseco pulls down about 22% support. Second with 14% is former Hill County State Representative Harvey Hilderbran, followed by Boerne businessman Matt McCall, who lost to Smith in 2016, with 10%.
The pollsters say Canseco leads largely due to name recognition. His ‘never heard of’ number in the district is only 37%, compared with other candidates with name recognition under 50%.
The poll was released today, which is the final day to file for a place on the ballot in the 2018 elections.
One thing is certain..they love President Trump in the 21st District. The President receives 73% favorability ratings in the district, according to the poll.
Canseco served one term in Congress from the 23rd District before he lost to Pete Gallego in 2012.