Texas special election: Republicans Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey advance to runoff for House seat, NBC News projects

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Republicans Susan Wright and state Rep. Jake Ellzey will advance to a runoff in special election to fill a North Texas congressional seat, NBC News projects.
Republicans Susan Wright and state Rep. Jake Ellzey will advance to a runoff in the special election to fill a North Texas congressional seat, NBC News projects — locking Democrats out in the first hotly-contested special election of President Joe Biden's term.

Wright, a longtime activist in local GOP politics and the widow of Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas., emerged from the 23-person field as the one of the top two candidates vying to represent Texas' 6th Congressional District as she won more than 19 percent of the vote.

She was first to advance to the runoff and Ellzey advanced after the third-place candidate and leading Democrat, Jana Lynne Sanchez, conceded Sunday morning. A runoff will take place because none of the candidates will met the 50 percent threshold required to win outright.

As of Sunday afternoon, Ellzey held a slim lead over Sanchez, who unsuccessfully sought the seat in 2018.

"Democrats have a come a long way toward competing in Texas but we still have a way to go," Sanchez said in a statement. Unfortunately ... we came up short, and two Republicans will be competing to represent this congressional district."

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