RATINGS CHANGE: Inside Elections Shift TX-02 Toward Sima

August 7, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, Inside Elections moved TX-02 in Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian’s favor. The latest ratings shift comes a month after Sabato’s Crystal Ball did the same, noting that the 2nd District is highly-educated, and racially diverse, and majority urban-suburban — all key characteristics of Democratic victories in 2018. Combine the closeness of the 2018 Senate race in TX-02 — where Beto O’Rourke lost by only 3,099 votes — with 50,000 new voters registered in the past two years, and this seat is primed to flip.

In response, Sima Ladjevardian issued the following statement:

“This shift shows what we already know to be true: Houstonians are hungry for change. As a breast cancer survivor, I will bring a patient’s perspective to Congress and fight tirelessly to guarantee the high quality, affordable health care that our Houston family desperately needs. Dan Crenshaw is out of touch with the people of Houston — he has spent his time in Washington breaking his promise to lower prescription drug prices, voting to gut health care protections for our most vulnerable, and bending to the president’s will. This November, we’re going to send Crenshaw packing. We’re building a movement, and this is just the beginning.”

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Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.

Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Brady PAC, Texas American Federation of Teachers, President Barack Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julían Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congresswoman Katie Porter.

RATINGS CHANGE: Inside Elections Shift TX-02 Toward Sima