Two Democrats, Sima Ladjevardian and Elisa Cardnell are headed to the May 26 runoff to determine who will get the party ticket to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw in November for Texas District 2.
Ladjevardian is a prominent Houston lawyer, Democratic activist and fundraiser and former Beto O’Rourke adviser.
A few hours after filing to run for Congress, O’Rourke endorsed her. The next morning, the 2018 nominee for the seat, Todd Litton, made clear he was supporting her. And 48 hours after filing, Ladjevardian announced she had already raised over $200,000.
The 2nd District is not among the six seats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has prioritized flipping this cycle in Texas, but Democrats have ample reason to believe it is within reach.
The seat is held by a rising star and former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston.