A Congressional Run-off Election in Texas Did Not Go the Former President’s Way

The Story:

On Tuesday, July 27, Texans in the 6th Congressional district, near Dallas, voted in a special election to the fill the House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Ron Wright in February this year. In a symbolic defeat for former President Donald Trump, the 6th district went for Jake Ellzey, who soundly defeated the candidate Trump had backed, Ron Wright’s widow, Susan Wright.

Background:

The pro-Trump political action committee, Make America Great Action, chaired by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, paid for $100,000 worth of ads that ran over the weekend supporting Ms Wright. Also, Trump himself recorded a robocall for her.

But it was for naught. Ellzey had the support of much of the Republican Party establishment in the state, including former Governor Rick Perry and Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

The Thing to Know:

On the day before the election, Former Governor Perry tweeted, “What a great opportunity tomorrow to send a legit American conservative¬† hero to Congess! Vote for Jake Ellzey TX6.” One can without trouble read into those words the implication that Trump’s supporters, including Ms Wright, are not “legit” conservatives. The civil war within the Republican Party continues and Trump’s legions do not prevail in every battle.

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