Election 2020

Two Democrats Remain In Race To Challenge Dan Crenshaw

Sima Ladjevardian and Elisa Cardnell were the top vote-getters, but neither crossed the 50% threshold in Tuesday’s election to win the Democratic nomination.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, walks through the halls on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Democrats Sima Ladjevardian and Elisa Cardnell will head to a runoff in the race to unseat GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw in November, according to the Texas Tribune.

Ladjevardian won a plurality of votes, but neither she nor Cardnell could garner 50% of the vote needed to win the Democratic nomination in Texas' 2nd Congressional district, which encompasses North Houston, Kingwood, and Humble.

The runoff election is May 26.

Democrats hope to flip the seat in November, which has been under GOP control for more than decade. Republican Ted Poe won the seat in 2005. He served until retiring, and Crenshaw was elected during the 2018 midterm elections. Crenshaw has since become a rising star in the Republican party.

Attorney and activist Sima Ladjevardian highlighed her experience as an Iranian immigrant and cancer survivor during the campaign. She garnered mainstream support from Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, and received the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle editorial board.

Elisa Cardnell is a Navy veteran and former math and science teacher. Cardnell asserted during the campaign that she would work to invest more in education, better support veterans, and combat gun violence.

Ladjevardian made immigration reform central to her campaign as well, citing personal and professional experience with what she called failed immigration policies.

Health care was also top of mind for the candidates. Ladjevardian drew on her experience as a breast cancer survivor as why she believes the country needs to change its approach to healthcare. Similarly, Cardnell spoke about her challenges as a veteran with pre-existing conditions. Both candidates campaigned on lowering healthcare costs and increasing insurance options.

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Kyra Buckley

Kyra Buckley

Energy Reporter

Kyra Buckley is an Energy Reporter with Houston Public Media. Before joining the News 88.7 team she was the Morning Edition Host and a reporter at KUNC in Northern Colorado. She started in public radio in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon where she hosted Weekend Edition and reported for KLCC....

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