Former Woodville mayor Brian Babin (R) has won the primary to replace Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanEx-GOP rep blames arrest on 'deep state' conspiracy Former Texas rep Steve Stockman facing conspiracy charge Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog 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 CornynGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill Senators push Trump on defense deals with India MORE (R-Texas), which he lost badly.