The race to represent District 32 is so intense that Republicans brought in the vice president to drum up support.
Vice President Mike Pence stood beside Representative Pete Sessions at an event in Dallas Monday morning. It's a move Democratic challenger Colin Allred actually expected.
Pence spoke to a crowd of supporters in North Texas. His message to Republicans was crystal clear.
“He's in a competitive race. The balance of Congress may be decided in Texas in this district,” Pence said.
The vice president was talking about the race between Sessions and Allred.
Allred isn’t surprised by the vice president's visit.
“It is a sign of our momentum,” he said. “It is a sign of the support we're getting here and how many want new leadership with fresh ideas. And that's a good thing for our community.”
Recent polls show the Allred and Sessions are in a tight race for Texas' 32nd Congressional District, which includes areas such as Richardson, Garland, Wylie, and Highland Park.
Representative Sessions has held the seat since 2003. He calls the vice president a close friend. He told the crowd the economy is booming and unemployment numbers are at an all-time low.
Allred, running a grass-roots campaign, appears to be mobilizing millennials. Many of them were volunteering at his campaign headquarters in Richardson.
“So many people have spent so much of their time investing in this campaign, and that's why these races are close,” Allred said.
If elected, Allred says he'll tackle issues like affordable housing and healthcare as well as skyrocketing college tuition.
Both men eager to connect with voters between now and on Election Day. They are expected to take part in their one and only debate next Friday.