GOP Candidate Troy Nehls Wins TX-22 In A Closely-Watched Race

Analysts had rated the race as a toss-up, and Democrats had hoped to flip the district.

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Fort Bend County Sherriff Troy Nehls won the race for Texas’ 22nd Congressional district.

Republican candidate and Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls won the race for Texas' 22nd Congressional district, in a closely-watched race that analysts had rated as a toss-up.

Nehls earned 49.8% of the vote against his opponent Sri Preston Kulkarni, a 14-year veteran of the Foreign Service, with an estimated 92.4% of the total votes counted, according to the Texas Tribune.

Texas 22nd congressional district brackets Houston from Fort Bend County to southeast Harris County, with Fort Bend making up the lion's share. Pete Olson has represented the district since 2009, though he won reelection by just five percentage points in 2018, against Kulkarni.

Fort Bend has long been a GOP stronghold, but changing demographics in the county led analysts to rate this race as a tossup.

As Fort Bend County Sheriff, Nehls made support for police a key part of his campaign. The prime issues of Kulkarni’s campaign were fighting the pandemic and protecting health care.