Battleground 2020Elections 2020FederalTroy Nehls Heads to GOP Runoff Against Kathaleen Wall, Kulkarni Secures Democratic Nomination

Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls will face Kathaleen Wall in May's runoff. For Democrats, Sri Preston Kulkarni coasted to victory with 53 percent of the vote.
March 4, 2020

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Congressional District 22 in the Houston suburbs is well-known across the state for its crowded field of candidates, composed of 15 Republicans and 5 Democrats heading into the primary election.

With the retirement of Rep. Pete Olson’s (R-TX-22), Republicans hope to keep the seat from flipping Democratic.

For the GOP,  Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls won the most votes of the night with 40.5 percent.

Despite ranking first in the polls, however, Nehls did not secure enough votes to avoid a runoff election.

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Kathaleen Wall secured the second-highest number of votes with 19.4 percent followed by Pierce Bush, grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, with 15.4 percent. 

Nehls boasted his accomplishment on Twitter with a picture of him pointing to his first-place finish saying, “WE WON! But IT’S NOT FINISHED! We’re headed to the May 26th runoff!”

On the Democratic side, Sri Preston Kulkarni successfully avoided a runoff election with 53.3 percent of the vote. 

In 2018, Kulkarni narrowly lost to Congressman Olson by a margin of 5 percentage points.

Posting a picture of himself with the embossed words “We won!” on social media, Kulkarni will once against run as the Democratic candidate in the general election in November.

Rated as a “Toss-Up” district by Cook Political Report, Democrats hope to turn the once red district blue in 2020. 


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Sarah McConnell, Reporter for The Texan

Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.