Republican candidate Jake Ellzey won a second round of the hotly contested special election in Texas’ Sixth Congressional District, beating fellow Republican Susan Wright.
Poll observers called the race late on Tuesday night, consolidating an upset victory for Ellzey.
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Wright is the widow of the late Republican Congressman Ron Wright, who died earlier this year from the coronavirus. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Wright in April, but although he did not have the former President’s endorsement, Ellzey raised more than $ 1.2 million, nearly double Wright.
The race was seen by some as a referendum on Trump’s influence over the GOP, although turnout in the special elections was low. Trump got involved in the election this week by launching robocalls in support of Wright.
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“Hello, this is, hopefully, your all-time favorite president Donald Trump,” Trump said during the calls. “I ask you to come out and vote for a great Republican, a great woman, Susan Wright.”
Matt Mackowiak, Travis County GOP Chairman describe the race as the “first test of the power of President Trump’s endorsement in his post-presidency.”
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed reporting
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