Lamar Smith

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The race for Congressional District 21 is headed for a runoff, and the candidates  — two Republicans and two Democrats — will have to ask their supporters to vote again in May .


Ryan Poppe

There are 18 Republican candidates running in an open Congressional District 21 primary. Sixteen of those 18 candidates met on Thursday night and tried to stand out from the crowd at a forum at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch, south of Austin.


Campaign to Elect Robert Stovall

Texas has some crowded primaries this year. Take the Congressional District 21. Longtime Republican Congressman Lamar Smith is retiring, and 18 Republicans are vying to take his old place on the ballot.


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Congressman Lamar Smith, whose district runs through parts of Austin and San Antonio will not seek reelection in 2018.

Smith’s office confirms the Republican congressman will not be on the ballot during the 2018 election.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring from Congress, two sources close to the congressman told The Texas Tribune on Thursday.

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