Rep. Dan Crenshaw wins re-election in Texas' 2nd District

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Rep. Dan Crenshaw to win re-election in Texas' 2nd District, AP projects
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In the video above, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw makes a speech as AP projects him as the winner in Texas' 2nd District.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In a race that has drawn attention across the country, incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw defeated Democratic candidate Sima Ladjevardian in Texas' 2nd Congressional district.

TX-2 is known for its uncommon shape, encircling much of the Houston area and including parts of Montrose, Rice Village, Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita and Spring.

The district is famously a swing-district among voters, hosting Democratic and Republican representatives in years past.

Rep. Crenshaw notably won by a margin of just seven points in the 2018 election.

Crenshaw is a 36-year-old Navy SEAL veteran. He drew national attention during the 2018 election season when he was famously mocked on Saturday Night Live for wearing an eye patch.

The joke was poorly received by many across the country, as Crenshaw lost his right eye in combat in Afghanistan, so he was later offered an apology by the show and even appeared as a guest.

Ladjevardian immigrated with her family from Iran to Europe when she was 11 years old. Her family eventually came to the U.S., and she moved to Houston in the early nineties with her husband after completing law school.

She served on Hillary Clinton's national finance committee in 2015. In March 2017, she joined Beto O'Rourke's Senate campaign in a senior advisory role.

Ladjevardian released the following statement after the results of the race:

"Tonight, our people-powered, grassroots movement fell short. But no matter the disappointment of these results, our campaign has so much to take pride in. We shattered voter turnout records, held the congressman accountable for the health of our families, our economy, and our democracy, and changed the face of Texas politics in the process. To my amazing supporters, passionate volunteers, tireless campaign staff, and loving family: thank you. I'm standing here today because of your unwavering belief in this movement, and I would not be here without you in my corner. Now, the real work begins. Let's ensure this nation can once again become that beacon of hope on the horizon, rebind the pages of this American story, and write the next chapter better than the last, together."