Texas Holds Special Election To Replace Rep. Wright, Who Died Of COVID

Saturday’s special election in the state’s 6th Congressional District is a bipartisan, 23-candidate scrum — with the shadow of President Trump looming over Republicans and Democrats alike.

Trump this week waded into the race to replace Republican Rep. Ron Wright — who died of coronavirus complications in February at age 67 — with a full-throated endorsement of Susan Wright, the congressman’s widow.

Unless one candidate notches more than 50 percent of the vote — an unlikely prospect in such a crowded field — Saturday’s top two vote-getters will battle it out in a runoff election later this spring.

“I’d be surprised if Trump’s endorsement does not propel Susan Wright into the runoff, at least,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell told The Post.

Ron Wright, who had been battling lung cancer, was positioning his wife to take his place months before his death.

That inspired 10 Democrats to leap into the race in hopes of flipping the seat — along with 11 Republicans, most of them Trump supporters who have carried on a bruising battle among themselves. An independent and a Libertarian round out the field.

“To win, district Democrats have to coalesce around one candidate — but they have just as many horses running,” O’Connell said. “If they don’t pick one of them, it could easily end up being two Republicans in the runoff race.”

In an off-year special election, when only the most motivated turn out to vote, “This race is all about the rise of the Republican grass roots,” O’Connell said.

“It’s not that Donald Trump controls the Republican Party — it’s that the grass roots control the Republican Party,” he said. “And the base still loves Donald Trump and his agenda.”

Read more from Mary Kay Linge at the New York Post

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