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Republicans Opposing Representative Tony Gonzales Assess YouTuber Brandon Herrera, Known as ‘The AK Guy’

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In the Republican primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales faced stiff competition, with more than half of Republicans opting for an alternative candidate.

Now, as the field narrows, political newcomer Brandon Herrera emerges as Gonzales’s sole challenger in the upcoming runoff election.

Herrera, a 28-year-old YouTube personality known for his firearms-related content, secured 25% of the vote in the primary. He now faces Gonzales, who received 45%, in the May 28 runoff. Despite his unconventional background, Herrera has been making strides in his campaign, drawing support from various quarters.

Tony Gonzales (Credits: NBC News)

At a recent campaign rally attended by roughly 200 people, including conservative figure Rep. Matt Gaetz, Herrera showcased his appeal to a diverse audience.

While some attendees, particularly Herrera’s YouTube channel fans, enthusiastically backed him, others within the GOP base remained cautious about his candidacy.

Since entering the race, Herrera has tried to professionalize his campaign, bringing on experienced staffers with ties to former President Donald Trump. His fundraising efforts have also been noteworthy, with over $800,000 from donors nationwide.

In the aftermath of the primary, Herrera’s team has intensified its outreach to traditional political backers, aiming to bolster support from more established quarters.

While some have questioned Herrera’s conservative credentials, his campaign has worked diligently to dispel doubts and secure endorsements.

Tony Gonzales (Credits: Hoodline)

Nevertheless, Gonzales has managed to garner support from prominent Republican Party figures, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who typically aligns with more conservative factions.

As the runoff election approaches, both candidates are expected to intensify their efforts to win over voters and solidify their respective bases of support.

The outcome of the runoff will have known implications for the future representation of Texas’ 23rd Congressional District and the broader dynamics within the Republican Party.

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