Former Woodville mayor Brian Babin (R) has won the primary to replace Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Cruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts MORE (R-Texas), ensuring him a seat in the next Congress.

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The Associated Press has called the race for Babin, who led businessman Ben Streusand (R) by 58 percent to 42 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Babin, a dentist by trade, won the race by consolidating rural support in a heavily Republican district split between Houston's suburbs and more rural areas. He is all but guaranteed a spot in Congress.

This is Babin's third run for Congress — he lost bids in 1996 and 1998.

Stockman vacated his seat for a quixotic primary campaign against Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Top GOP senator warns of weekend work on Trump nominees MORE (R-Texas), which he lost badly.