A runoff for a Texas' 6th Congressional District is set between Republican Susan Wright, whose husband was the first member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and state Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Dist. 10).
Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez was narrowly locked out of the runoff, which has long been GOP territory. With nearly all votes counted, Sanchez trailed Ellzey by 354 votes. She said in a statement Sunday that her campaign “came up short.”
“Democrats have come a long way toward competing in Texas but we still have a long way to go,” Sanchez said in a statement.
Ellzey is a state lawmaker who narrowly lost the GOP nomination for the seat in 2018 and carried the backing of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Ellzey's state House district includes all of Ellis County and a portion of Henderson County.
Susan Wright had already been seen as a favorite in a crowded race to fill the seat of her late husband, who died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 67.
The date of the runoff has not yet been set.
Wright will enter the runoff with the backing of former President Donald Trump, who waited until just days before the election to endorse Wright.
Ten Democrats in the running had hoped that was a sign of an opening in the special election. But the race drew little investment from Democrats nationally after their massive expectations for Texas in 2020 foundered.
Texas' 6th Congressional District spans part of three North Texas counties -- Tarrant, Ellis and Navarro. Below is a cumulative count of votes from all three counties.
Jake Ellzey (R)
Jake Ellzey served the country as a fighter pilot and was deployed nine times before retiring and becoming a commercial airline pilot out of Ellis County. Now, he joins the list of candidates vying for the District 6 seat. “I’m running for Congress to ensure our shared conservative values ring loudly through the halls of the Capital.” Ellzey is a highly decorated veteran with two bronze stars and eight Air Medals earned in his military career. When he returned and retired from the military, Ellzey was commissioned by Republican Gov. Rick Perry to serve as Commissioner on the Texas Veterans Commission in a position he held for more than six years. Hoping to continue to be a force for the United States, Ellzey is eager to use his years of service and political science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy to be a dependable voice Texans can depend on in D.C. Ellzey has multiple ways he plans to serve if elected in Congress, some of those ways include protecting private property rights, improving/protecting public education, cutting taxes, standing up for veterans/police, defending the second amendment, and standing for election integrity.
Online: Jake Ellzey for Congress
Susan Wright (R)
Republican Susan Wright, the widow of the late Congressman Wright, hopes to fill the vacancy in congress left by her husband's death. “The taxpayers of the sixth district deserve a proven conservative in Congress who will stand up for them and do whatever it takes to stop the radical left’s socialist government takeover,” Susan Wright said.“I’m running for Congress to continue my husband’s legacy by supporting economic growth, reforming our broken healthcare system, and defending Texas conservative values.” Wright has lived in the 6th District for over 30 years, serving as District Director for both Rep. Bill Zedler (TX-HD-96) and his successor Rep. David Cook (TX-HD-96). According to Wright, she has spent her entire life and career fighting for and defending Texas conservative Republican values. “Ron always fought for the people and conservative values of the sixth district," Wright said. "I'm asking the voters of Ellis, Navarro, and Tarrant Counties to help me continue the fight for stronger borders, lower taxes, and the precious right to life in Washington." She currently represents Texas Senate District 10 as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee. "Working side by side with the people of Ellis, Navarro, and Tarrant counties for decades to connect citizens to their government has been an honor," Wright said. "I look forward to asking them for their vote.” If elected, Wright said she will focus on issues like cutting taxes and wasteful spending, rebuilding the economy, defending Constitutional freedoms, preserving the sanctity of life, strengthening the military, and reforming healthcare. Online: Susan Wright for Congress
Decision 2021 Election Results
The results of more than 450 races can be seen in the pages below, sorted by category and county.
County Election Pages
For other race results throughout North Texas, county election pages can be found here: Anderson, Bosque, Comanche, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Freestone, Hamilton, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Van Zandt, Wise.