Results come in on 2020 races featuring military veterans
Veterans raced against one another and against civilians.
Military veterans competed in 162 House and Senate races on Tuesday, with 182 former service members vying for the slots. Veterans raced against one another and against civilians. Here are results of some of those contests.
Dan Crenshaw, a Republican, won his reelection bid in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District. A former Navy SEAL, Crenshaw lost an eye to an explosive device while on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Recognizable by his distinctive eye patch, Crenshaw defeated Democrat Sima Ladjevardian.
Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, fended off a challenge from Republican Alek Skarlatos in a fight for Oregon's 4th Congressional District. DeFazio served in the Air Force Reserve during the Vietnam War. Former Army National Guardsman Skarlatos gained acclaim when in 2015 he was among three young Americans who stopped a terrorist attack aboard a train to Paris.
Joni Ernst, a Republican, retained her seat in the Iowa Senate. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, Ernst fended off Democrat Theresa Greenfield, whose son is in the Army. Ernst serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Nick Freitas, a Republican, as of Wednesday afternoon is leading a razor thin race against incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger in Virginia's 7th Congressional District. A former Green Beret weapons sergeant, Freitas has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2015.
Tony Gonzales, a Republican who was a cryptologist in the Navy, bested fellow veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, a Democrat. The two fought for a slot left open in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District when incumbent Republican Rep. Will Hurd retires.
Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s former physician, won against Democrat Gus Trujillo in Texas' 13th Congressional District. A retired Navy admiral, the Republican Jackson will fill the seat left open by the retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry, the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.
Kai Kahele, a Democrat, is a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Air National Guard. He won his state's 2nd Congressional District seat held by former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who is retiring from the House. Kahele defeated Republican contender Joe Akana.
Mark Kelly, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent and retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally in a race for the Arizona Senate. Kelly served in the Navy as an A-6E Intruder attack aircraft pilot and was a Space Shuttle pilot for NASA. He became outspoken in advocating for gun control after his wife, then-Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, was shot and nearly killed by an attacker in 2011.
Trent Kelly, a Republican and a one star general in the Army Reserve, kept his seat representing Mississippi's 1st Congressional District. He defeated self described "Democratic Socialist" Antonia Eliason. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Kelly reportedly was the first person shot in a 2017 attack during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Kelly is credited for alerting teammates that an active shooting was in process.
Elaine Luria, a Democrat, retained her place in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. A retired Navy commander, Luria serves on the House Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees. She defeated a challenge in a tight race against former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor, a Republican.
Mitch McConnell held his seat in the Kentucky Senate, defeating Democrat challenger Amy McGrath. The Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell trained for five weeks with the Army Reserve before he was discharged in 1967 for a medical condition involving his optic nerve. Challenger McGrath, a U.S. Naval Academy alum, was a Marine Corps fighter pilot.
Sean Parnell, a Republican, as of Wednesday afternoon is leading against Democrat incumbent and former Marine Corps officer Conor Lamb. The two are battling over Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District. Parnell is a former Army Ranger and author of the bestselling book Outlaw Platoon.
August Pfluger, a Republican, defeated Democrat Jon Hogg in the race for retiring Rep. Mike Conaway's seat in Texas’ 11th Congressional District. An Air Force Academy graduate who was an F-22 pilot, Pfluger has been an advisor on the National Security Council for President Trump.
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