Texas GOP lawmaker wins open Republican-held congressional seat over Trump-backed candidate

Turnout was reportedly low, with less than 8% of registered voters in the district casting ballots in the special election.

Published: July 28, 2021 8:06am

Updated: July 28, 2021 8:12am

Texas state GOP Rep. Jake Ellzey on Tuesday night won a Republican-held Texas congressional seat in a special election for the elected post against a candidate backed by former President Trump. 

The seat was left open last year by the death of GOP Rep. Ron Wright. His wife, Susan Wright, who was backed by Trump, was defeated by Ellzey.

Ellzey and Wright were the top finishers in a 21-candidate field in a May primary.

Ellzey will finish Wright’s term, which lasts through 2022, in the Republican-leaning, north Texas 6th Congressional District. He was backed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw. 

Turnout was especially low, with all early votes and most Election Day votes reported –  less than 8% of registered voters in the district and less than half from the May balloting, says election analyst Dave Wasserman, according to Politico.

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