Jake Ellzey, the Republican from Texas, won a special election in Congress against Susan Wright, the widow of the late Rep. Ron Wright, who had the backing of former President Trump.
Governor Greg Abbott, another Republican, said in a statement that Ellzey would be “a strong and effective leader for the people of North Texas.”
Ellzey held over 53% of the vote in Texas’ 6th Congressional District, with nearly all constituency results reported.
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In May, Susan Wright and Ellzey qualified for the second round of Texas’ Sixth Congressional District, which many saw as a cue for future contests. The second round was also seen as a disappointment for Democrats who did not move forward.
Wright’s husband died of complications from COVID-19 in February.
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The Trump factor performed on the outskirts during the contest. In 2016, he won the district by 12 points and lost ground to candidate Joe Biden in 2020, having only achieved a 3-point victory there. Political insiders saw Ellzey-Wright race as possible litmus test for Trump‘s support in the neighborhood.
“Candidate Trump drops into the TX Special This will give people something to chew on!” David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, said.
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Ellzey did not try to distance himself from Trump and instead sought to overcome Trump’s lack of support by raising more money and showing other supports, including backing from former Texas Governor Rick Perry, The Associated Press reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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