Texas GOP Susan Wright gained ground in her special election over the weekend. Wright is the frontrunner to win the seat which was left by her late husband, former GOP Representative Ron Wright (TX), who passed away from coronavirus in 2020.
Candidates needed to get 50 percent or greater of the vote to avoid a runoff election. Wright got 19 percent in the 23-person crowded election that will now go to a runoff. Democrats were removed from the runoff with Saturday night’s results, with GOP state legislator Jake Ellzey placing second. Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez came in 3rd place and will not reach the runoff. This means Democrats will not flip the seat and it is guaranteed to be Republican.
Susan Wright takes the lead in Tarrant, and it’s over. Elections Daily can project #TX06 will have a runoff between two Republicans: Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey.
Wright (R) – 18.4%
Ellzey (R) – 14.2%
Sanchez (D) – 13.6%
Harrison (R) – 11.1%
Lassiter (D) – 9.0%
— Elections Daily (@Elections_Daily) May 2, 2021
Wright was supported by former President Trump to takeover the seat which was held by her husband, who was a firm supporter of the former president. Trump won the district in 2020 and in 2016.
I'm truly honored to be endorsed by President Trump, and I'm so proud to be the only candidate in this race President Trump trusts to be his ally in our fight to Make America Great Again. #TX06 pic.twitter.com/3YBpLnlvLE
— Susan Wright (@SusanWrightTX6) April 26, 2021
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s PAC, that works to elect Republican women, also supported Wright.
🚨🚨 #EPAC VICTORY ALERT 🚨🚨
Now on to the RUNOFF! 📈📈https://t.co/YBn6vYN58M
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 2, 2021
The runoff has not been scheduled.
Author: Scott Dowdy