Earlier today, we reported that the late Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) widow was the winner of the special election for his seat.
While Susan Wright had the most votes, there will now be a runoff election because she did not eclipse 50 percent of the vote.
At the time of our earlier report, it was still a tight race for second place, with a margin of slightly more than 350 votes.
Democrats just got the bad news that they have been completely blanked, as Republican Jake Ellzey has officially taken second place.
There is quite a bit to take away from this election.
First and foremost, Wright was the only candidate that had the endorsement of Trump in the race, and she was the clear winner.
This is a nightmare for Democrats and the Republican establishment, as it shows that Trump is still wielding considerable influence with voters.
For Wright to walk away with almost 20 percent of the vote in an almost two dozen deep field is significant.
Secondly, but just as important, was the overall showing for Republicans.
The top two Republicans in the race garnered almost as much support as the entire Democrat field.
When you consider the top Democrat had about half the support, it is not a good sign for a party that was positive they could flip this seat blue.
Democrats will now have to sit back and watch the runoff election go off without a Democrat on the ticket.
It would appear as though the rumors of Texas turning blue were prematurely reported.
Getting back to Trump really quick, it is also worth noting that Wright and Ellzey were in a virtual tie in early voting, at 15.77 and 15.75 percent, respectively.
Trump gave a last-minute endorsement to Wright, and she crushed everyone on election day totals, winning the day with 24.07 percent of the vote to Ellzey’s 11.38 percent.
Looks like Trump's endorsement of Susan Wright in the #TX06 special election really moved the needle on Republican side:
Early/Absentee -> Election Day
Susan Wright: 15.77% -> 24.07%
Jake Ellzey: 15.75% -> 11.38%
Brian Harrison: 12.84% -> 8.17%
— Ryan Matsumoto (@ryanmatsumoto1) May 2, 2021
Something else of note here is that Michael Wood, the candidate backed by anti-Trump Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) got almost no support, winning a mere 3.2 percent of the vote.
The media, of course, is already making excuses for a poor showing by Democrats…
The DCCC et. al. will get some flak for sleeping on #TX06, leading to this poor showing. But strategically, they were right not to throw away millions: TX Rs will get to redraw it before 2022, so it doesn't matter for the majority.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 2, 2021
However, we are not buying that because Democrats want to hurt Republicans any way they can and put a chink in Trump’s armor, both of which would have been accomplished by taking this seat.
This, as I said this morning, was not a be-all, end-all election, but it was a rather good measuring stick as to where Texas stands and just how much influence Trump will wield as we move into the 2022 election season.