Congressman Dan Crenshaw is being challenged by progressive Sima Ladjevardian in Texas [AFP/Sima Ladjevardian campaign]

A congressional race between staunchly conservative House Republican Dan Crenshaw and Iranian American progressive Sima Ladjevardian has garnered national attention while encapsulating the shifting Demographics in the one-time Republican bastion of Texas. 

Crenshaw and Ladjevardian are competing to represent the state’s second congressional district, which includes parts of northern and western Houston.¬†

Both have earned their party’s bonafides in recent years.

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and purple heart recipient, has become a solid Trump surrogate and rising star who was given a prime-time slot at this year’s Republican National Convention.

Ladjevardian was a key adviser to Beto O’Rourke during his expectation-defying attempt to defeat Republican Senator Ted Cruz

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