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The wife of the late U.S. Representative Ron Wright, Susan Wright, has a narrow lead over State Representative Jake Ellzey in the race for Congressional District 6.
Wright holds 15.73% of the vote against 15.71% of Ellzey according to unofficial figures from the New York Times. The two were separated by just 10 votes just after 7 p.m. Then behind them was Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez with 14.01%.
Twenty-three candidates are running for the 6th Congressional District of Texas, previously held by the late US Representative Ron Wright, who died in February after battles with lung cancer and COVID-19. The district includes most of Arlington and Mansfield and all of Ellis and Navarro counties.
The race gained national attention as a test of former President Donald Trump’s influence in disputed districts. The neighborhood has always been owned by a Republican, although contenders for the race on both sides of the aisle believe it is competitive.
There are 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats, an Independent and a Libertarian in the running. Considering the large field, the race should enter a second round between the top two vote-takers. Political observers watch to see who participates in the second round and which political parties they represent.
Republican candidates include Susan Wright, Ellzey, who ran for the seat in 2018, Brian Harrison, who served as chief of staff in the Department of Health and Human Services under Trump, and the former professional wrestler Dan Rodimer. Democrats include Sanchez, who ran for the seat in 2018 and lost to Wright by less than 8 percentage points, Lydia Bean, the 2020 Democratic candidate for Texas House District 93, and Shawn Lassiter, a nonprofit leader. and former teacher.
The candidates and their supporters have made a final appeal to voters in recent days. Trump weighed in on the race as early voting was underway and reached out to voters at a tele-town hall Thursday for Wright hosted by the national conservative organization Club for Growth.
“Susan is a committed conservative who will fight for our first American agenda to make America great again,” Trump said on the call.
The Club for Growth has focused much of its attention on supporting Wright while questioning the conservative credentials of State Representative Jake Ellzey. Wright and Ellzey were considered among the pioneers of the Republican hen. Ellzey, traveling to the district with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who served in the Trump administration as Energy Secretary, defended his record.
“I don’t deal with that stuff and I don’t respond to it so they can do whatever they want but I know the people I live with here in Waxahachie, TX … don’t respond.” not good to this kind of media, this kind of presentation, especially from our own party, ”he said. “Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Conservative, and I’m proud of it.”
Sanchez took to Facebook on Saturday, where she encouraged district members to vote and help turn it blue.
“Choose your congressman – vote for me, Jana Lynne Sanchez – choose your school council members, your city council members and your mayors,” she said in a live video on Facebook.