Susan Wright, widow of late Texas congressman, heads to runoff

Susan Wright, widow of late Texas congressman, heads to runoff


Republican Susan Wright, the widow of the late Texas Rep. Ron Wright, will head to a runoff election in her campaign to fill her husband’s 6th Congressional District seat.

She is likely to face state Rep. Jake Ellzey, a fellow Republican, in a runoff election to be scheduled no earlier than May 24.

Wright, a longtime Republican party activist, was winning about 23% late Saturday in the “jungle primary” special election to fill the seat. Ellzey won about 14%, a few hundred votes ahead of Democratic activist and journalist Jana Lynne Sanchez. Not making the runoff would be a disappointment for Democrats who hope that Texas has become a competitive, two-party purple state, rather than staying as a reliably red one.

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Ron Wright, who was 67 and battling cancer, died on Feb. 7 after contracting the coronavirus. Susan Wright previously told the Washington Examiner that running for Congress was “nothing that I

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