GOP Candidate Beats Trump-Backed Opponent in Texas House Runoff

Headline Roundup July 28th, 2021

On Tuesday, Texas state Rep. Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright in a special election runoff for Texas' sixth congressional district.

Wright had been widely favored to win. She's the widow of Ron Wright, who previously held the seat, and she had the endorsement of former president Donald Trump. Some political analysts paint the outcome as a loss for Trump and his post-election image; others say the runoff may not have been a clear test of his post-presidency clout because the special election was open to Independents and Democrats.

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Elections, Texas, Jake Ellzey, Susan Wright, Donald Trump

Texas state representative Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright in a runoff election for the state’s sixth congressional district, after former President Trump endorsed Wright.

Ellzey won with just over 53 percent of the vote on Tuesday, with Wright taking 46.7 percent. Just 39,000 voters cast their ballots, or fewer than 8 percent of registered voters in the sixth district.

Wright, a GOP activist, was running to fill the seat of her late husband Ron Wright, who died of COVID-19 earlier this year. In addition to Trump, Wright was endorsed by the Club...

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elections, Texas, Jake Ellzey, Susan Wright, Donald Trump

GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey won a special election runoff in Texas on Tuesday, unexpectedly defeating the widow of the GOP lawmaker he will replace in the U.S. House, according to the Associated Press.

Republican Susan Wright had been favored to win the runoff after being endorsed by former President Donald Trump to represent the district south of Dallas. Her late husband, Ron Wright, died in February at the start of his second House term after battling Covid-19 and cancer.

Mr. Ellzey’s victory was seen as a repudiation of the power of Mr. Trump’s...

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Elections, Texas, Jake Ellzey, Susan Wright, Donald Trump

Voters in North Texas delivered an upset Tuesday, picking GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey to fill a vacant House seat over a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Ellzey beat fellow Republican Susan Wright, the widow of former Rep. Ron Wright, 53 percent to 47 percent, when the Associated Press called the low-turnout, Republican-vs.-Republican runoff. Though Ellzey was better funded, Wright leaned heavily on her backing from the former president, who often plays kingmaker in Republican primaries.

Trump crashed into the race during the first round of voting in May,...

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