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Texas Runoff Election for US House Seat Set for July 27

Gov. Greg Abbott has set a July 27 special election runoff for a North Texas district's vacant U.S. House seat

Susan Wright, left, and state Rep. Jake Ellzey, right, will meet in a runoff election to fill the seat of Wright's late husband, Congressman Ron Wright, who died after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.
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A July 27 special election runoff was set Wednesday between two Republicans for a North Texas district's vacant U.S. House seat.

Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement came more than a week after Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey were the top vote-getters to emerge from a crowded field of candidates in Texas' 6th Congressional District.

Wright is an Arlington, Texas, activist running to succeed her late husband, Rep. Ron Wright, who in February became the first member of Congress to die after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed her candidacy.

Ellzey is a state lawmaker who narrowly lost the GOP nomination for the same seat in 2018.

Early voting begins on July 19.

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