Texas Special Election: Two Republicans are leading in Texas’ 6th congressional district. Here’s what both sides are saying about Republican momentum in the Lone Star State. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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Aaron Navarro, writing for CBS News, reports: “Two Republicans are leading in Texas’ 6th congressional district, likely shutting out Democrats from competing in the runoff in what they hoped would be a competitive seat in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.
Susan Wright was the top vote-getter on Saturday night. Her husband, Ron Wright, previously held the seat before dying from COVID-19 and a battle with lung cancer.”
Here’s what both sides are saying about Republican momentum in the Lone Star State:
On The Right
The right sees a clear victory ahead, further cementing the GOP hold on Texas.
Edmund DeMarche reports in Fox News, “The special election in Texas’ Sixth Congressional District on Saturday was seen as the first competitive race since Joe Biden was elected president and a bellwether on how a district that was seen to be purpling reacted to the new administration’s first 100 days.” Overall, DeMarche considers the results “a blow to Democrats because two Republicans earned enough votes to advance to a runoff.” While “Democrats praised [their candidate] for her effort in the contest and still insist they have their sights set on the district in the future,” former President Trump “congratulated Wright on advancing to the runoff.”
On The Left
The left doubts whether Texas is in play for the party after yet another setback.
David Montgomery writes in the New York Times that Democrats did not find any “encouraging signs in Texas” given this latest blow to their cause. He states that while the left “needed a strong turnout to be competitive,” they merely “did not get one.” From a historical perspective, Montgomery reports “Democrats have not won a statewide race in Texas since 1994.” These newest results remind him of the 2020 Texas elections, wherein “the blue wave never washed ashore, and the House remains in Republicans hands by the same margin as before.”
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When taking a look at local coverage, Dallas News staff writers say it is now clear that “Donald Trump is king of the Republican Party, including in Texas.” The evidence? The candidate Trump endorsed won, while an anti-Trump Republican with strong national support amassed only 3% of the vote. Thereby, they predict “Trump will continue to dominate GOP politics” for the foreseeable future.