It was a heartening win for the GOP this week as state Representative Jake Ellzey defeated Trump-backed Susan Wright for Texas’ 6th Congressional District seat in the special runoff election.
The self-professed Reaganite Republican was the proud recipient of more that 53% of Texas’ vote, with virtually all of the precincts reporting.
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It was a mildly surprising victory which might indicate a watershed moment in the GOP’s fealty to Donald Trump as Susan Wright, widow of former Representative Ron Wright (who was the first member of Congress to die of COVID-19) and the endorsee of the former president lost in the runoff and thus became the first Trump-backed candidate to lose an election since Trump left office. It is possible that this could indicate a point loss in the stock that a Trump endorsement holds for potential electees.
After the results came in, Wright sent out a tweet congratulating Ellzey on his victory and thanking the 6th Congressional District: “Special elections are special, and this one was no exception. I want to congratulate Congressman-elect Jake Ellzey on his victory. I am praying for his success & wish him well. I will never forget the kindness the people of #TX06 have shown Ron & I for so many years. Thank you.”.
Ellzey, for his part, was indeed able to procure and secure a number of venerable endorsements, from popular Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw and from former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
In an official statement yesterday, current Texas Governor Greg Abbot showed his support for Ellzey “Jake will be a strong and effective leader for the people of North Texas and he will fight tirelessly for their values in Washington,”.
In a public statement following his victory, the man himself said, “One of 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,” .