(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump took credit for a Texas GOP candidate’s top finish in an election on Friday that saw two Republicans advance to a run-off election later this year and no Democrats.
Republicans Susan Wright, the wife of the late Rep. Ron Wright, finished with 19 percent of the vote, while Jake Ellzey garnered 14 percent. Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez finished third with 13 percent and conceded on Monday, The Epoch Times reported.
“Please explain to the Democrats and RINOs that the reason Texas-06 completely shut out Democrats in Saturday’s Jungle Primary is because of my Endorsement of Susan Wright, who surged last week after receiving it,” the former president said in a statement on Monday.
“The Democrats were shut out and now it will be a contest between two Republicans, a very big win. It would be nice, however, if the pundits and Fake News Media would state the real reason for this unprecedented (Democrats have never been shut out before) victory!” he added.
Ron Wright died in February after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Trump won the district by double digits in 2016, but only by 3 points in 2020. Still, political analysts say that locking Democrats out completely means that the district is still red and pro-Trump, since his endorsed candidate came out on top.
“Democrats have a come a long way toward competing in Texas, but we still have a way to go,” Sanchez said in a statement over following the narrow loss. “Unfortunately … we came up short, and two Republicans will be competing to represent this congressional district.”
Democrats were hoping to flip the seat.