RATINGS CHANGE: Sabato’s Crystal Ball Shifts TX-02 Toward Sima

July 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved TX-02 in Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian’s favor. The ratings change notes that the 2nd District is highly-educated, and racially diverse, and majority urban-suburban — all key characteristics of Democratic victories in 2018. Combined with the closeness of the 2018 Senate race in TX-02, where Beto O’Rourke lost by only 3,099 votes. If these trends continue, Sabato predicts “unexpected opportunities” for Texas Democrats like Sima and “unpleasant surprises” for Texas Republicans like Dan Crenshaw this November.

In response, Sima Ladjevardian issued the following statement:

“This shift shows what we already know to be true: Houstonians are hungry for change and tired of power-craving politicians. 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 voting to gut health care protections, padding his political ambitions, 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.

RATINGS CHANGE: Sabato’s Crystal Ball Shifts TX-02 Toward Sima