The first of three presidential debates Friday has signaled the beginning of the end of the race for the White House.
But as we close in on November 4, it's not only the Oval Office occupier that will be decided. There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats that will be up for grabs.
In the race for Texas' 17th District, incumbent Democrat Chet Edwards is looking for his tenth straight election to the House. Republican Rob Curnock is his opponent.
Many people News 3 spoke to recently said they had little to no knowledge of the race for the seat on Capitol Hill. It's a bucking of the trend from the two previous elections in District 17 as it is drawn today.
In 2004, District 17's race produced heavy campaigning as early as August. That month, Edwards and Republican challenger Arlene Wohlegumth faced off in debates.
In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney showed up on behalf of the Republican challenger, Van Taylor, in April. Taylor and Edwards also debated during the campaign season.
As of now, a face-to-face showdown between Edwards and Curnock is not scheduled.
As of Sunday night, the website of Rob Curnock has not seen a news update since July. Friday, open letters were published there to Aggies and veterans.
Attention Chet Edwards garnered during this cycle had nothing to do with the District, but with his vetting as a potential Barack Obama running mate.
The campaign managers for both candidates say trips to the southern portion of the district will happen at some point in the near future. Friday, Curnock's manager said his candidate would venture to the Twin Cities this week. Edwards' manager says business in Washington on a busy Capitol Hill will dictate when the incumbent returns to the district.
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