Texas House Seat to be Decided in July 27 Runoff Election

May 23, 2021 by Dan McCue
Susan Wright, left, and Jake Ellzey, the candidates in the special runoff election that will determine who represents the 6th Congressional District in Texas.

North Texas’s 6th Congressional District will be the next battleground in which Republicans are asked to choose between the party’s traditions and a more Trumpian future.

The state has scheduled a special runoff election on July 27, between Susan Wright and state Rep. Jake Ellzey, the two top vote-getters in a primary held on May 1.

The district, which spreads southeast from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to rural Ellis and Navarro counties, has been without representation in Congress since February, when GOP Rep. Ron Wright died following a Covid-19 diagnosis.

The race to replace him drew 23 candidates: 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats, one Libertarian and one independent. When all the votes were counted in the primary, Wright, the representative’s widow, came away with 19.2% of the vote, while Ellzey garnered 13.8%.

Under Texas law, if no candidate achieves a majority vote in a primary, a special runoff election must be held between the top two vote-getters.

Wright, who serves on the State Republican Executive Committee, received a last minute endorsement from former President Trump after focusing much of her campaign on her husband’s legacy.

Trump later participated in a tele-town hall for her two days before the primary.

Ellzey, a Navy veteran who lost to Ron Wright in the 2018 primary, currently represents a state House district south of Dallas and has had the support of former Texas governor and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

In terms of its overall politics, the 6th Congressional District has exhibited some interesting dynamics in recent years.

While Ron Wright was reelected by 9 percentage points in 2020, the 6th District has been trending more Democratic in recent elections.

In 2012, Mitt Romney carried the district with a 17-percentage point margin. Trump won it by 12 percentage points in 2016 but by only 3 last year.

On Friday, the Federal Election Commission published the financial disclosure filing dates for the race in the Federal Register.

The principal campaign committees for the two candidates must file a 12-day pre-runoff report on July 15, and a 30-day post-runoff report on August 26. 

Each of these reports are in addition to the campaign committee’s regular quarterly filings.

In addition, political committees not filing monthly in 2021 are subject to  special election reporting if they make previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with the special election.

Political News

October 18, 2021
by Reece Nations
Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas... Read More

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas Secretary of State’s office released explanatory statements for all of the constitutional amendments on the ballot ahead of the election. Constitutional amendments in Texas require the... Read More

October 18, 2021
by Dan McCue
Price, Doyle Join Exodus from the House, Opt Out of 2022 Races

WASHINGTON - Reps. David Price, D-N.C., and Mike Doyle, D-Penn., on Monday became the latest members of Congress to announce... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. David Price, D-N.C., and Mike Doyle, D-Penn., on Monday became the latest members of Congress to announce they won’t be seeking reelection in 2022. The announcements come less than a week after Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., chairman of the House Budget Committee revealed... Read More

Trump Files Lawsuit to Block Release of Jan. 6 Documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection to the congressional committee investigating the attack, challenging the decision of President Joe Biden.  In a federal lawsuit, Trump said the committee request was... Read More

Top Democrats Woo Black Voters in Virginia Governor's Race

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry... Read More

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will "show the world who we are" in... Read More

October 18, 2021
by Dan McCue
Colin Powell Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. He... Read More

Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. He was 84. In an announcement on social media, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. ... Read More

Commerce Head Out to Save US Jobs, 1 Computer Chip at a Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983. The watches give Raimondo, the U.S. commerce secretary, a sense of mission as President... Read More

News From The Well
Exit mobile version