GOP Republican Jake Elsie and Democrat Jeanne Lynn Sanchez are in close competition for second place.
Sanchez’s advance will create a potentially competitive race and give Democrats a chance to give a little more room for their narrow majority in Parliament to breathe. Ellzey’s entry in second place will ensure Republicans take the place.
Susan Wright is the widow of Ron Wright. She received a boost earlier this week when former President Donald Trump backed her over ten other Republicans in the race. Wright focused much of her campaign on her husband’s legacy, but also quickly promoted the president’s approval.
The special election was a test of how much cohesion a message about conspiracy theory could get in the Red Quarter. But the fact that only one Republican candidate denounced Trump and conspiracy theories underscored how firmly the former president still stands on his party.
Sanchez, who also worked as a communications journalist, was the Democratic candidate for the 201
Elsie is a veteran of the Navy who lost to Ron Wright at the 2018 championship. He represents an area of the state house south of Dallas and has had the support of former Texas governor and energy secretary Rick Perry.
While Ron Wright was re-elected by 9 percentage points in 2020, the 6th district is striving more democratically in the last election. In 2012, Mitt Romney moved the region with a margin of 17 percentage points. Trump won it by 12 percentage points in 2016, but only 3 last year.
Michael Wood, an outspoken anti-Trump Republican, came across a message that put him far beyond the mass flow of CSOs. Wood called on Republicans to reject Trump and stop perpetuating conspiracy theories such as the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen and QAnon, which is often described as a virtual cult. He had the support of Trump’s most vocal Republican critic in Congress, GOP spokesman Adam Kinzinger.
Twenty-three candidates from all parties took part in the same ballot in Saturday’s competition. As neither of them clears 50%, the two best candidates will go to the runoff, as required by state law. The date for these elections has not yet been set.
This story has been updated with an additional background.