Republican Susan Wright will advance to a runoff for the House seat left by her late husband, according to NBC News projections.
Wright, the widow of former Rep. Ron Wright, who was a veteran Texas Republican politician who passed away in February after testing positive for COVID-19, emerged among 23 candidates vying to represent Texas’ sixth congressional district.
Second place comes down to a battle between State Representative Jake Ellzey (Republican) and Jana Lynne Sánchez, a Democrat who sought this seat in 2018.
NBC News has not yet projected who Wright will face in the second round that will take place because neither candidate will meet the 50 percent threshold required to win in the first round.
Wright, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, had won just over 19% of the vote as of early Sunday morning.
Ron Wright passed away on February 7, accompanied by his wife Susan.
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