Texas Republican Backed by Trump Advances to Run-Off in Special House Election

This story has been updated.

(USA Features) A Texas Republican candidate for the U.S. House endorsed by former President Donald Trump managed to advance to a run-off Saturday amid a crowded GOP field.

Susan Wright, who is running for a seat held by her late husband, Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, received 19.2 percent of the vote.

Ron Wright died in February shortly after testing positive for COVID-19.

Susan Wright released a brief statement on Twitter late Saturday, saying, “Let’s go win this!” with the hashtag for “Make America Great Again,” which was Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.

The former president endorsed Wright last week, saying she “will be strong on the Border, Crime, Pro-Life, our brave Military and Vets, and will ALWAYS protect your Second Amendment.” and predicting she would make “a terrific Congresswoman.”

Either GOP candidate Jake Ellzey or Democrat Jana Sanchez will go up against Wright in the runoff, reports said.

Ellzey had received 354 more votes than Sanchez with virtually all precincts reporting, according to the tally earlier Saturday.

Eventually, state Rep. Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) came in behind Wright with close to 14 percent of the vote, edging out Sanchez.

A runoff is triggered when no single candidate receives a majority vote, which was virtually guaranteed since there were 23 people running for the open seat, which comes up again in November 2022.

Republicans managed to flip 15 House seats last year, leaving Democrats with the slimmest margin in the chamber’s history — 218-212, with five seats open.

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