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.
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.