UPDATED 8:42 AM PT – Monday, May 3, 2021
Susan Wright is advancing to the runoff election to take up the House seat of her late husband Rep. Ron Wright. The special election, held Saturday, showed Wright garnering the most votes out of the 23 candidates looking to take the spot in the House of Representatives.
Wright led the race while receiving around 19 percent of the vote in her bid for the seat. Meanwhile, GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey came in second with around 14 percent of the vote.
Wright even scored the endorsement of President Trump before the special election. He released a statement on the candidate, suggesting she would be a terrific congresswoman for the great state of Texas.
President Trump congratulated Wright for coming out on top in a separate statement on Sunday. He noted his endorsement was not wasted.
President Trump congratulates @SusanWrightTX6:
"Congratulations to Susan Wright on her great surge yesterday which made her NUMBER ONE and assures her participation in the TX-06 runoff against another Republican…Her wonderful husband is looking down, and is very proud of her!" pic.twitter.com/uYIdT71ro7
— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) May 3, 2021
When Wright originally announced her candidacy back in February, she said she was running to continue her husband’s legacy by supporting economic growth, reforming health care and defending conservative values.
She previously served as district director for both former state Rep. Bill Zedler and state Rep. David Cook in the 96th District. Wright is also a member of the state Republican Executive Committee.
She will face-off with Ellzey in the runoff election, which will take place at some point before May 24.