Six million dollars was not going to stop Dan Crenshaw.
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 in the Republican Primary for the 2nd Congressional District that covers large parts of northern Harris County.
With early voting and absentee ballots counted, Crenshaw was almost 2,000 votes out of second place.
And sitting in second place was Kathaleen Wall, a wealthy campaign donor who had plowed $6 million of her own money into her race for a bevy of television ads. She also had two of the biggest names in Texas politics on her side: Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
“We knew we got a late start,” Crenshaw said in an interview with conservative radio host Michael Berry.