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What the Texas Congress vote really says about Donald Trump and the Republican Party

Added 05-03-21 10:11:02am EST - “Some thought it might reveal a split in the state GOP or an opening for Democrats. They were wrong.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “What the Texas Congress vote really says about Donald Trump and the Republican Party”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Political observers were eager to extract larger meaning from Saturday’s special election to replace Arlington U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, particularly what it would say about former President Donald Trump’s power in the Republican Party.

The race, which advanced to a yet-to-be-scheduled runoff, proved that Trump and his policies still matter greatly to GOP voters. Susan Wright, the Republican seeking to replace her late husband, secured Trump’s endorsement late in the campaign, and it surely helped her lead the splintered field of 23 candidates.

But let’s not overstate it. Wright was the likely frontrunner all along, with extensive backing among local and state Republicans. Her years of political experience in the district and status as the heir to the well-liked late congressman, were a significant advantage.

And it remains so going into the runoff. Wright will face state Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Waxahachie, who narrowly beat the leading Democrat to take the second spot.

Both are good choices who would represent the district well and pay needed attention to local issues. Before the election, we recommended Ellzey, based on his leadership experience, including his record as a decorated Navy combat pilot.

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