Dan Crenshaw, a 33-year-old former Navy SEAL, won the GOP primary runoff election in Texas’s second congressional district on Tuesday night. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Crenshaw led his opponent, state representative Kevin Roberts, 70 percent to 30 percent.
Although Crenshaw won in a landslide on Tuesday, Republican operatives following the race thought Crenshaw didn’t have much of a chance of even advancing to the runoff in the first place. But on March 6, Crenshaw edged out wealthy GOP activist Kathaleen Wall—a self-styled female Trump who spent $6 million of her own money and had the endorsements of Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz—by 145 votes out of 46,000 votes cast. Crenshaw’s campaign was strapped for cash prior to the March 6 primary, but he drew just enough attention to his campaign in local media and on Fox News by running 100 miles through his congressional district in and around Houston