First elected in 2018, the former Navy Seal drew primary challengers Jameson Ellis, Martin Etwop, and Milam Langella, but his popularity remains strong among Republican voters despite some controversial statements and votes.
“I am proud of this decisive election victory and thank the voters of this district for their continued support,” Crenshaw said in a statement to The Texan.
“The voters of TX-2 know me, they know my record as a proven, effective conservative and they were not moved an inch by the lies and smears against me throughout this election. I was the strongest conservative in this race and the results reflected that, as did the results in Congressional races across the state in which the conservatives I endorsed won.”
Crenshaw soared in popularity after his appearance on Saturday Night Live several years ago and he has promoted youth engagement through a series of summit events in the Houston area.
A decorated veteran, Crenshaw’s comments on the plausibility of so-called “red flag laws” and his vote for the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act outraged some conservatives, but Crenshaw defended his vote for the legislation since he said it would improve data security and privacy protections for an existing program.
Despite the controversy, Crenshaw has remained popular and raised over $10 million since January 1, 2021, and according to the most recent campaign finance reports had $3.2 million in cash-on-hand.
Crenshaw has not hesitated to wade into other Republican primary races and endorsed both Morgan Luttrell for Texas’ Congressional District 8 and Wesley Hunt for the 38th Congressional District. Although Crenshaw and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed Hunt, the two incumbents split on Luttrell with Cruz supporting his former aide Christian Collins in that race. Unofficial and incomplete results due to delays in Harris County Wednesday indicated that Luttrell is poised to win his 11-way primary outright.
Crenshaw will face Democrat Robin Fulford in the 2022 general election, but as the district is rated R-64% according to The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index, the Republican incumbent is expected to win easily.
“I look forward to defeating my Democrat opponent in November and helping elect Republicans across the country who will help us take back the House of Representatives,” said Crenshaw.
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Holly Hansen is a regional reporter for The Texan living in Harris County. Her former column, “All In Perspective” ran in The Georgetown Advocate, Jarrell Star Ledger, and The Hill Country News, and she has contributed to a variety of Texas digital media outlets. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a degree in History, and in addition to writing about politics and policy, also writes about faith and culture.