September 1, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

CNN Ranks TX-22 as One of the Most Likely to Flip House Seats

With 49 days since Fired Cop Troy Nehls’ last public appearance, Sri Preston Kulkarni continues to gain momentum and national attention

Sugar Land, TX — Powered by record-breaking fundraising, innovative grassroots organizing, and a severely flawed and underfunded opponent in Fired Cop Troy Nehls, Sri Preston Kulkarni’s campaign continues to generate momentum and has cemented its place as a top Democratic campaign in the 2020 cycle.

In just the latest sign of Kulkarni’s rise, CNN included TX-22 in its list of top ten most likely seats to flip. Their take on the race below:

Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni, a retired Foreign Service officer, is trying again to flip this district after coming about 5 points short two years ago against Republican Rep. Pete Olson, who’s not running for reelection. The Houston area-district backed Trump by 8 points in 2016, but the narrowing of Olson’s margin of victory in the midterms (he won by 19 points in 2016) underscores how diversifying suburban districts like this one may be moving away from Republicans. The DCCC ran its first-ever digital ads in Hindi and Chinese here. Republican Troy Nehls, an Army veteran and county sheriff, has a profile in the district and is running on a law-and-order message. He won a resounding primary victory but may have been bruised by negative attacks from a self-funding candidate that left him with just $30,000 to Kulkarni’s $1.2 million at the end of June.

This news fits Kulkarni’s strength. Over the course of the campaign, all major election forecasters have shifted the race to toss-up in Kulkarni’s favor, and National Journal rated it as the sixth most likely seat to flip.

Sri 2020 campaign manager Allen Chen issued the following statement:

“Anyone paying attention knows that we are in a prime position to flip this seat in November. Sri is the only candidate in this race who is out there communicating around the issues that voters care about. Sri is focused on protecting Texans’ health care, relying on science to combat the coronavirus, and ensuring that small businesses are getting the access to loans and capital they need to survive this pandemic.”

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Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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