Texas Republicans Battle to Fill U.S. Home Seat

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Both candidates support the Republican-backed Texas voter revision bill, a move that led Democrats to leave the state to block a vote just days after a special session.

The winner will join the second largest congressional delegation – 23 Republicans and 13 Democrats – in the US House of Representatives after California. The Sixth District faces inevitable changes as state lawmakers draw new congressional lines.

The so-called Trump Factor was the biggest subplot in the competition on Tuesday, with Ms. Wright and her supporters hoping the support would lead them to victory. The former president has an immense grip on the Texas Republicans, and he moved the district 12 point ahead in 2016 before losing ground to President Biden in the region last year.

Ms. Wright, who entered the contest two weeks after her husband’s death, has featured prominently in the support of the former president throughout her campaign, introducing Mr. Trump at a virtual election rally Monday night.

The Club for Growth, a conservative fiscal organization that backed Mr. Trump in 2020, has also partnered with Ms. Wright and spent $ 1.2 million to fund advertisements and mailings that include Mr. Ellzey’s legislative record and conservative credentials attack, which led to violent rebuttals.

Although the two contestants share similar views on most fundamental issues, the Club for Growth’s attacks have brought a tough tenor to the race and themselves on the subject. Mr. Perry, the former governor, described them as “junk” and “absolute junk” and asked Mrs. Wright to deny the allegations, which she refused.

Joe Barton, who represented the district in Congress for more than three decades, said the tone of the Club for Growth advertisements was a factor in his decision to endorse Mr. Ellzey despite being friends with the Wrights.

At the start of the race on Tuesday, Mr. Ellzey had raised $ 1.7 million, according to media reports, far more than the $ 740,000 that Mrs. Wright had raised.