In Texas’ primary runoff election, voters cast ballots in six Republican congressional races across the state. In the 2nd District, retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw defeated state Rep. Kevin Roberts. The seat was open due to U.S. Rep. Ted Poe of Humble announcing his retirement last fall. The 2nd District encompasses the northern part of Harris County, east of Houston.
The election was heated and contentious. Roberts claimed that Crenshaw would seek to raise taxes to preserve Social Security and that he has posted “demeaning” comments about Christianity. Crenshaw responded that Roberts was “mudslinging” and misrepresenting his viewpoints.
The run-off election came after Crenshaw defeated the Republican favored Kathaleen Wall, who spent six million of her own money and was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. But even six million didn’t stop Crenshaw, the Houston Chronicle wrote, adding:
The former Navy SEAL has had to face much tougher odds — nearly losing his life in Afghanistan — than his uphill Congressional race he found himself in Tuesday. When the vote counting began, the 33-year-old Crenshaw was well back in third place. … With early voting and absentee ballots counted, Crenshaw was almost 2,000 votes out of second place. By the end of the day, Crenshaw was dominating at the polls, offsetting the hole he was in to start the day.
In March, Crenshaw was 8 percentage points ahead of Roberts and 10 percentage points ahead of Wall. Then he slipped into second place by 145 votes, according to unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s office. Because neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote a special run-off election was required by law. This time, Crenshaw received 69.9 percent of the vote– a resounding victory– and is expected to defeat his Democratic challenger, Todd Litton, a nonprofit executive, in November.