Republicans Susan Wright and State Representative Jake Ellzey will qualify for a run-off in the special election to take a congressional seat in North Texas, according to NBC News plans – excluding Democrats in the first Hotly contested special election for President Joe Biden’s term.
Wright, a longtime local GOP political activist and widow of Rep Ron Wright, R-Texas., Emerged from the field of 23 people as one of the top two candidates vying to represent the 6th District of the Texas Congress when it won over 19% of the vote.
She was the first to advance to the second round and Ellzey advanced after third-place candidate and leading Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez conceded on Sunday morning. A second round will take place because none of the candidates will meet the 50% threshold required to outright win.
On Sunday afternoon, Ellzey had a slim lead over Sanchez, who unsuccessfully sought the seat in 2018.
“Democrats have come a long way to compete in Texas, but we still have a long way to go,” Sanchez said in a statement. Sadly … we missed out, and two Republicans will be competing to represent this district in Congress. “
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The total vote was divided with over 60 percent going to GOP candidates and less than 40 percent going to Democrats.
The district, which encompasses a suburban swath of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis, has been represented by a Republican for over 30 years and Ron Wright won his election last fall by about 9 points. It was feared that a Democratic candidate would be excluded from a possible second round, leaving two Republicans to clash. Yet the neighborhood itself is oriented to the left. As the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney won the district by 17 points, while former President Donald Trump won it last fall by just 3.
This special election took place after Ron Wright died after contracting Covid-19. Former President Donald Trump, just days before the election, endorsed his widow, though several Republicans are eagerly vying for her support. After her advance to the second round, Trump said in a statement on Sunday: “Kudos to Susan Wright for her big push yesterday which made her NUMBER ONE and secures her second round participation in the TX-06 against a another Republican. “
Susan Wright has long been considered the first. Other Republicans include three former Trump administration officials – Brian Harrison, Sery Kim and Michael Egan – plus Ellzey, Michael Wood, an Afghanistan war veteran and an anti-Trump Republican who won the support of Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. , and Dan Rodimer, a former professional wrestler who competed in a Nevada congressional race last year.
At the end of this week, the contest was clouded by a robocall in the neighborhood accusing Wright of causing her husband’s death.
The call, a recording of which was obtained by NBC News, was first reported by Politico. “It is illegal, immoral and false. There is no sewer too deep that some politicians do not want to dig,” Wright said in a statement to Politico. The Wright campaign returned the call to local and federal law enforcement, and its origins are still unclear.
On the Democratic side, Sanchez was considered the party favorite. Other contenders included Lydia Bean, a former candidate for the State House, and Shawn Lassiter, a leader and nonprofit educator.