Crenshaw has lead over Democrat Litton in Congressional District 2
Dan Crenshaw has taken a sizable early lead over his Democratic challenger in the Republican-leaning 2nd Congressional District. Crenshaw and Todd Litton are vying to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Ted Poe.
Crenshaw, 34, is a former Navy SEAL who many Republicans see as a rising star in the party. Throughout the campaign he’s pitched himself as a strong fiscal conservative, and is a defender of President Trump’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Litton represents a stark contrast. The 48-year-old former nonprofit director has advocated for universal background checks on firearm purchases, rejected the border wall and called for Medicaid expansion, which has long been a non-starter in Republican held state. But he rebuffed some issues adopted by many first-time Democratic candidates this election cycle, such as Medicare for All, free tuition at public colleges and the idea of “abolishing” Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The 2nd District includes parts of West Houston, goes to the northern Harris County line and also stretches east to Humble and Atascocita. It is considered a competitive race that generally leans Republican by single digits.