Republican Susan Wright of Texas, the widow of the first member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19, advanced to a U.S. House runoff for her late husband’s north Texas seat in an open primary Saturday. Her opponent could be another Republican, Jake Ellsey, who finished second — 354 votes ahead of the top Democrat vote-getter in a race that is officially too close to call.
“I am very happy for Mrs. Wright, that she garnered over 15,000 votes, over 19% of the vote, with 23 people in the race,” comments Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. “That was extremely good.”
Adams adds that Saturday’s election was a blow to the anti-Trump faction of the GOP, whose candidate, Michael Wood, had an abysmal performance.
“Mr. Wood, who had run as one of those 23 people as an anti-Trump candidate, did not so well at all,” she continues. “As a matter of fact, he only got three percent of the vote, and so that shows how popular the former president still is in Texas.”
Adams also believes Texas voters sent a strong message to Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger, who had come to campaign for Wood.
“I think that to have a congressman from Illinois trying to interfere in Texas politics is not going to bode well for the candidate in Texas, and certainly not a candidate who is anti-Trump,” she submits.
Adams says Kinzinger, who is trying to lead a revolt in his party away from Trump, got a strong message from the party faithful.
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