In a major upset against a candidate backed by Donald Trump, Jake Ellzey wins runoff for Fort Worth-area congressional seat

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State Rep. Jake Ellzey of Waxahachie bushed chap Republican Susan Wright connected Tuesday to win her precocious husband, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Arlington, and propulsion disconnected a large upset against a campaigner backed by erstwhile President Donald Trump.

With each precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Ellzey got 53% of the vote, portion Susan Wright, a longtime GOP activist, received 47%, according to unofficial results.

Ellzey declared triumph successful a code soon aft 9 p.m., addressing supporters successful Ennis.

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"One of the things that we've seen from this run is simply a affirmative outlook — a Reagan Republican outlook for the aboriginal of our state — is what the radical of the 6th District really, truly want," said Ellzey, who had faced a tempest of attacks from Susan Wright's side.

Susan Wright congratulated Ellzey in a tweet aboriginal Tuesday night.

"Special elections are special, and this 1 was nary exception," she said.

The peculiar predetermination runoff was to decorativeness Ron Wright’s word successful the 6th Congressional District, a Republican-leaning territory successful North Texas. Ron Wright died earlier this twelvemonth aft contracting COVID-19.

Susan Wright and Ellzey came retired connected apical of a May 1 peculiar predetermination that featured 21 different candidates. She finished archetypal with 19% of the vote, portion Ellzey got 14%.

Trump endorsed Susan Wright successful the last days earlier the May 1 election. He got much progressive successful the runoff, issuing 3 statements reiterating his endorsement, starring successful a robocall for her and headlining a telephone rally for her connected Monday night.

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Ellzey relied connected enactment from erstwhile Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Houston, a chap Navy seasoned who came disconnected the sidelines successful the runoff. Perry and different Ellzey allies suggested Trump had been misled into endorsing Susan Wright.

National attraction connected the contention dimmed aft Democrats narrowly missed the runoff, a disappointment for the enactment successful a territory that Trump won by lone 3 percent points past year. But Ellzey kept things competitory successful the intraparty matchup, importantly outraising Susan Wright during the latest run concern reporting play and rallying his supporters against a barrage of attacks from the pro-Wright Club for Growth.

The Club for Growth said Tuesday greeting that it had poured $1.2 cardinal into the runoff, easy making it the apical extracurricular spender successful the overtime round. In its advertising, the nationalist radical emphasized Trump’s endorsement of Susan Wright and hammered Ellzey implicit his attendance grounds successful the Texas House and accused him of voting for a taxation hike there, which helium denied.

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Wright’s run expressed assurance successful the homestretch, though determination was a precocious summation successful extracurricular spending connected her behalf, including from a Trump-aligned ace PAC. Ellzey’s campaign, meanwhile, appeared to entreaty to Democrats with last-minute texts that touted him arsenic “pro-public education” and noted his opponent’s Trump backing.

During the rally Monday night, Trump stressed that Susan Wright was the “only one” helium had endorsed successful the runoff and boasted astir the Democratic lockout aft the May 1 election.

“Susan, Ron is looking down connected you,” helium said, “and he’s very, precise arrogant close now.”

Ellzey’s triumph is the latest section successful a analyzable past betwixt him and the Wrights. He archetypal ran for the legislature spot successful 2018, battling Ron Wright successful a superior runoff and losing by a tiny margin. They appeared to hide the hatchet, though, erstwhile Ron Wright, aft getting elected to Congress, gave Ellzey an aboriginal endorsement successful his palmy 2020 run for the authorities House. But things seemed to sour again erstwhile Ellzey did not springiness the precocious congressman’s widow a walk and jumped into the peculiar predetermination to regenerate him wrong weeks of being sworn successful to the Texas House.

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Ellzey's ascensions to Congress means that Gov. Greg Abbott volition person to telephone a peculiar predetermination to capable his spot successful Texas House District 10, a reliably Republican district. The runner-up to Ellzey successful the 2020 GOP superior for HD 10, Ryan Pitts, said precocious Tuesday nighttime that helium has received "strong encouragement" to tally for the spot again and would denote his plans successful the coming days.

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