Republican Susan Wright makes US House runoff in Texas

Republican Susan Wright makes US House runoff in Texas
Volunteer Al Green looks at his phone as he takes a break from holding a sign supporting his candidate in a local election outside an early voting location Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Mansfield, Texas. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Texas Republican Susan Wright, the widow of the first member of Congress to die after contracting coronavirus, secured a place in a U.S. House runoff for her late husband’s seat Saturday night.

Susan Wright was ahead with more than 18% of the vote in Texas’ 6th Congressional District with votes still being counted. Close behind were Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez and Republican Jake Ellzey for the other runoff spot.

Wright, a Republican activist, moved on with the backing of former President Donald Trump, who waited until this week to formally make an endorsement in a crowded field of 23 candidates.

Rep. Ron Wright, Susan Wright’s late husband, died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 67 and had also been battling lung cancer.

The date of the runoff hasn’t yet been announced.

The North Texas district includes the booming corridor between Fort Worth and Dallas, and it has long been safe Republican territory. But Donald Trump also saw his support there plummet in last year’s election, carrying the district by just three points — a sharp fall from his double-digit advantage there in 2016.

Ten Democratic candidates in the running had hoped that was a sign of an opening in the special election.

But the election drew little investment from Democrats nationally after their massive expectations for Texas in 2020 foundered.

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