Trump-Backed Susan Wright Gets Crushed in Texas Congressional Runoff — A Day After Trump’s Last-Minute Rally
Former President Donald Trump’s vociferous endorsement and last-minute rally could not save Republican congressional candidate Susan Wright, who lost a Texas runoff election by more than 6 points.
Republican Texas State Rep. Jake Ellzey defeated Wright on Tuesday with 53.27 percent of the vote to Wright’s 46.73 percent, and will succeed Ms. Wright’s late husband Rep. Ron Wright — who was the first sitting member of Congress to die from the coronavirus.
Although there were no major polls taken in the race, Wright led Ellzey by 15 points in an American Viewpoint survey, and beat Ellzey by 5 points in the special election that led to the runoff.
Trump campaigned heavily for Wright. He released 7 statements through his Super PAC in support of her candidacy, including this official endorsement in April:
Susan Wright will be a terrific Congresswoman (TX-06) for the Great State of Texas. She is the wife of the late Congressman Ron Wright, who has always been supportive of our America First Policies. Susan will be strong on the Border, Crime, Pro-Life, our brave Military and Vets, and will ALWAYS protect your Second Amendment. Early voting is NOW underway—and the Special Election takes place on Saturday, May 1st. Get out and VOTE! Susan has my Complete and Total Endorsement!
Those statements also included this message from Monday, on the eve of the runoff:
Big election tomorrow in the Great State of Texas! Susan Wright supports America First policies, our Military and our Veterans, is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, Pro-Life, and will always protect our Second Amendment. She will serve the people in the 6th Congressional District of Texas, and our Country, very well. Susan has my Complete and Total Endorsement. She will never let you down! Go out and vote for Susan Wright.
Trump also recorded a robocall for Wright, and headlined a “Tele-Rally” Monday night.
Listen to the 7-minute rally above via Susan Wright for Congress.
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