GOP Candidate Beats Trump-Endorsed Rival in Texas Special Election


Last night’s special election in Texas gives some rather surprising insight into the value of an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Republican Susan Wright lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey in a special election runoff in Texas’ 6th Congressional District on Tuesday night, NBC News reported.

Wright is the widow of former Rep. Ron Wright, who died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in February, and was backed by Trump.

Ellzey won with over 53 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times.

“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,” Wright wrote in a Wednesday tweet.

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Ellzey, a Navy veteran and a state legislator, ran for the U.S. House seat in 2018 but lost to the late Wright. This time around he had the support of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Trump’s endorsement was clearly not enough to put Wright over the edge in the deeply Republican district.

This should serve as a sobering lesson to candidates banking on Trump’s stamp of approval to clear a path to victory.

In fact, an endorsement from the former president could even turn some Republican voters away from a candidate.

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Of course, despite Wright’s last name, she could have had an issue with name recognition.

Ellzey currently holds public office, meaning people in the region have already elected him, and he has appeared on the ballot numerous times before.

On top of that, Trump suffered a setback in the 6th District in the 2020 presidential election; after sailing to victory by double digits in 2016, he won the district by just three points last year.

A special election runoff is as niche as politics can get, so this upset victory was always a possibility.

In any case, it’s clear that Trump is not necessarily the kingmaker of the Republican Party. The voters ultimately decided that Ellzey would better represent them in Congress.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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