Spouse of Texas Congressman who died of COVID-19 has gained a spot within the runoff for her late husband’s seat
- Texas Republican Rep. Ron Wright grew to become the primary member of Congress to die of COVID-19 in February 2021
- Wright died aged 67 after battling lung most cancers and had been hospitalized in September 2020 for issues with the illness
- His widow Susan was endorsed by Donald Trump and leads a crowded area of 23 candidates with votes nonetheless being counted
- She is going to undergo to a runoff for the seat. A date has not but been set
Republican Susan Wright of Texas, the widow of the primary member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19, secured a spot in a US Home runoff for her late husband’s seat Saturday night time.
With votes nonetheless being counted, Wright was forward with greater than 18% of the vote in Texas’ sixth Congressional District.
Shut behind have been Republican Jake Ellzey and Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for the opposite runoff spot.
Wright, a GOP activist, moved on with the backing of President Donald Trump, who waited till this week to formally make an endorsement in a crowded area of 23 candidates.
Susan Wright’s late husband, Rep. Ron Wright, died in February after being recognized with COVID-19. He was 67 and had additionally been battling lung most cancers.
Susan Wright, middle, on the marketing campaign path in April for the US Congressional Home seat left vacant by her husband Ron, who died of COVID in February
Susan Wright was by her husband’s facet as he was sworn in on January 4, 2021, by Republican Home chief Kevin McCarthy
Ron Wright, who died from COVID in February, had a ‘great work ethic’ and ‘dedication to conservative values’
The date of the runoff has not but been introduced.
The North Texas district consists of the booming hall between Dallas and Fort Value, and it has lengthy been protected Republican territory.
However Trump additionally noticed his assist there plummet in final yr’s election, carrying the district by simply three factors — a pointy fall from his double-digit benefit there in 2016.
Ten Democrats within the operating had hoped that was an indication of a gap within the particular election.
However the race drew little funding from Democrats nationally after their large expectations for Texas in 2020 foundered.
Ron Wright was first elected to the Home of Representatives in 2018, filling the seat of retiring Rep. Joe Barton, and ran for re-election in 2020 regardless of his most cancers prognosis.
Upon his loss of life, lawmakers from either side of the aisle paid tribute to his ‘great work ethic and his dedication to conservative values’.
President Joe Biden additionally put out a press release praising Ron Wright.
‘He was additionally a fighter who battled bravely in opposition to each most cancers and COVID-19, illnesses that our nation will proceed working tirelessly day-after-day to defeat within the reminiscence of all these we have now misplaced,’ the assertion stated.
The Wrights had three kids and 9 grandchildren.