State Rep. Jake Ellzey emerged victorious from the special election runoff for Texas’ 6th Congressional District held Tuesday against fellow Republican Susan Wright, who had received the key endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
Ellzey carried more than 53% of the vote in Texas’ 6th Congressional District with results from almost all precincts reported and declared victory in a speech shortly after 9pm.
“One of the things that we’ve seen from this campaign is a positive outlook — a Reagan Republican outlook for the future of our country — is what the people of the 6th District really, really want,” Ellzey said.
The special election was called earlier this year following the death of former Rep. Ron Wright after he contracted COVID-19. Susan Wright—his widow— and Ellzey emerged as frontrunners in the tightly packed May 1 special election, with each receiving 19% and 14% of the vote respectively.
Former President Donald Trump, who had supported Wright in the race earlier this year, had reiterated his endorsement for her ahead of the runoff.
“Susan, Ron is looking down on you,” Trump said in a telephone rally hosted Monday night, “and he’s very, very proud right now.”
Ellzey, on the other hand, received endorsements from former Gov. Rick Perry, who was among individuals to suggest Trump had been misled into endorsing Susan Wright. His campaign featured last-minute appeals to Democrats and impressive fundraising efforts.
Since his election defeat last November, Republican candidates including Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, have sought to secure a Trump endorsement in hopes that the former president’s star power can see off their challengers. One such Republican is Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is raising funds to build a border wall. However, voters in parts of Texas, including the 6th district north of Dallas, have shown signs of turning away from Trump. The defeat of a Trump-backed candidate is likely to be celebrated by Trump antagonists who have warned against his continued hold on the GOP.