These 3 veterans won their primary elections and are looking to serve again

Matt Saintsing
May 23, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA


Voters across three states cast ballots in primaries Tuesday, while Texas held a primary runoff election, and military veterans won big.

Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Texas were all carried by President Donald Trump in 2016, but Democrats are looking to flip the House and they've enlisted vets as candidates.

Here are some of the district primary races that favored veterans:

Gina Ortiz Jones

The former Air Force intelligence officer defeated Rick Trevino in the runoff election after the two were the top winners in a five-candidate primary in March. If she wins in November, she will be Texas’ first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to Congress, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Photo Courtesy of Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress

But the 37-year old Texan is up against Republican Will Hurd, 40, and she faces a daunting task. Hurd enjoys widespread support throughout Texas’ 23rd Congressional District and is a two-term incumbent with plenty of cash.

Dan Crenshaw

A retired Navy SEAL, Crenshaw defeated State Rep. Kevin Roberts in the Republican primary for Texas' 2nd Congressional District. He remains one step closer to occupying a seat in Congress, something that seemed impossible when he woke up from a coma six years ago without the ability to see after a bomb in Afghanistan nearly killed him. 

Crenshaw spent a decade with the SEALs and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. But while his service with the Navy had ended, his service to his country has not as he is hopeful for a win in November. 

Amy McGrath

McGrath took the nation by storm with a campaign ad that went viral. Since then, the former Marine Corps fighter pilot has worked tirelessly to inch her way up the polls to defeat her opponent, Jim Gray, to be the Democratic nominee to represent Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. At one point, Gray had a whopping 47 point lead. 

In her campaign announcement video, she recounts the 89 combat missions she flew. At one point, a Congressman told a 13-year old McGrath that she wouldn't be alive to serve in combat. 

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