Former Woodville mayor Brian Babin (R) has won the primary to replace Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas), ensuring him a seat in the next Congress.
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 CornynFirst US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico Senate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Overnight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill MORE (R-Texas), which he lost badly.