What’s an endorsement from former President Donald Trump worth? It could help some candidates in the right-leaning, pro-Trump districts. However, it’s no guarantee of a resounding victory — even in a district full of Republicans.
Trump waded into the 6th Congressional District’s special election in Texas, which took place over the weekend. He endorsed Susan Wright, widow of former Rep. Ron Wright, who died of coronavirus-related complications in February.
Wright received more votes than anyone, but in a 23-candidate race, she fell well short of the 50% needed to win the election outright. She got 19.2% of the vote to advance to the runoff election, an indication that Trump’s endorsement is no guarantee of success.
Republicans had a great turnout in the weekend election. Their 11 candidates combined got nearly 62% of the vote. That’s an improvement over the 52% of the vote that Ron Wright got in his 2020 reelection bid in the district.