A Texas Navy SEAL Who Lost His Eye Fighting in Afghanistan Is Running for Congress

A Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan announced he is running for Congress in his home state of Texas.

Daniel Crenshaw, a retired lieutenant commander, had a 10-year career in the SEALs. He’s now seeking to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by retiring Republican Ted Poe. Poe has represented Texas’s 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2005. His district includes many eastern and northern Houston suburbs. Poe is a Republican, and was the first Republican to represent this particular district.

Past congressional elections in Texas have favored Republicans, but Texas Democrats are hopeful.In 2016, the average statewide Republican candidate beat the average Democratic candidate by more than a dozen percentage points — 54.3 percent to 40.2 percent.

In 2014, the margin was bigger; the average Republican had 59.4 percent to the average Democrat’s 37 percent.

The Texas congressional delegation has 36 seats, with 25 in Republican hands and 11 in Democratic hands. That’s largely due to redistricting: 69 percent of the congressional delegation is Republican — much higher than the percentage of Texans who vote for Republicans in statewide elections.

In November 2017, Poe announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and not seek re-election in 2018.

On “Fox & Friends,” Crenshaw revealed that he was hit by an IED blast in Afghanistan while he was on his third deployment.

He lost his right eye in the blast, and his left eye was badly damaged. He explained that after several miracle surgeries, he was able to regain sight in his left eye.Crenshaw recovered and deployed twice more, to Bahrain and South Korea, before eventually retiring last year. He said the American people need to be protected not just from foreign enemies, but from over-taxation, over-regulation, threats to their freedoms and much more.

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