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By Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump's preferred candidate for a U.S. House seat in Texas was projected to lose a special runoff election on Tuesday, defeated by a fellow Republican who raised far more campaign cash, the Texas Tribune newspaper said.

Susan Wright, a 58-year-old Republican activist whom Trump endorsed in April, had sought to finish her late husband Representative Ron Wright's term in the House.

But the newspaper projected that Wright would lose to Texas state legislator Jake Ellzey in Texas' 6th congressional district, a longtime Republican-held district outside Dallas. Ellzey was ahead 52.9% to 47.1% for Wright, with 90% of precincts reporting, according to state data that stopped short of declaring a winner.

The two Republicans emerged from 23 candidates in the first round of voting May 1, with Democrats shut out of the contest.

Wright had been expected to do well because Trump weighed in for her in a special election, normally a low-turnout affair.

The state's Republican governor, Greg Abbott, in a statement congratulated Ellzey, calling him "a strong and effective leader."

Trump endorsed Wright in April. His political action committee made a last-minute $100,000 television ad buy for her over the weekend, campaign finance records show, and he made a personal pitch for her during a telephone rally Monday night.

"Ellzey’s victory suggests a Trump endorsement may not be all that is cracked up to be, while also highlighting Wright’s weakness as a candidate and the ineffectual campaign she and her advisors ran, hoping to coast to victory based on Trump’s endorsement," said Mark Jones, a Rice University political science professor.

The result will reduce Democrats' narrow 220-211 majority in the U.S. House by one seat as Congress prepares to try to pass Democratic President Joe Biden's sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Ron Wright died of COVID-19 on Feb. 7.

In addition to being a Texas state senator, Ellzey is a former Navy fighter pilot who flew combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He far exceeded Wright in fundraising, taking in $1.7 million through July 7, $1 million more than Wright, according to Federal Election Commission data.

Trump won the district by three percentage points in the 2020 presidential election, a nine-point slide from four years earlier.

The Trump-allied fund-raising arm of the conservative Club for Growth based in Washington, D.C., says it has spent over $1 million in television ads and mailers for Wright. The ads proclaimed Trump's endorsement of Wright and sharply attacked Ellzey, charging that Democrats are trying to get him elected.

Ahead of the voting, Democrats said they were not keen about turning out to vote for either Republican. Jana Lynne Sanchez, the Democrat who was edged out of the runoff by 354 votes in May, when there were 23 candidates on the ballot, said of the candidates: "They are both very far right."

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Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 31, 2021 3:06PM ET
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Entire world will be better off without trump
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Jul 29, 2021 1:33AM ET
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Does Don know if Rudy will get hair dye in prison?
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Jul 29, 2021 1:32AM ET
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Anything is far-right for the ones at the extreme left.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 29, 2021 1:32AM ET
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I guess you don't see the irony here
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Jul 29, 2021 1:17AM ET
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Please run again Don! We would love for you to try MAGA! Sincerely, all of America’s democrats.
Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Jul 28, 2021 8:43AM ET
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Trump is worse than the virus and more deadly for this country
Ray Saini
Ray Saini Jul 28, 2021 8:43AM ET
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any proof?
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 28, 2021 6:28AM ET
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What can we say. Trump and his friends are losers.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jul 28, 2021 2:32AM ET
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orange man bad. I blame Trump for everything
Abas Almasi
Abas Almasi Jul 28, 2021 1:59AM ET
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thanks for you
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 28, 2021 1:58AM ET
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1) Far right means solid family values.2) Left means no values, lie and sniffing of kids3) far left means socialist, but more communist and definetly clear pe do intensions
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 28, 2021 1:58AM ET
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"solid family values"  -- what are those?
Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Jul 28, 2021 1:58AM ET
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Yea trump what a solid family man who said said he grabs women in the … and pay off ********stars real salt of the earth family man there. You sir are deluded if u believe that
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 28, 2021 1:58AM ET
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Not to mention how Trump drools over Ivanka and publicly said he'd date her (if she wasn't his daughter). And let's not forget all the times he's cheated on his multiple wives. Yeah good family values. lol
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 28, 2021 1:58AM ET
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Adrian White  Matt Gaetz is the face of the new republican family values
Darren Caris
Darren Caris Jul 28, 2021 12:27AM ET
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good. Trump will go down in history as one of the best policy presidents of all time, but his invective is unhealthy for the party.
Ray Saini
Ray Saini Jul 28, 2021 12:27AM ET
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Trump didn't lose. Biden didn't win. China the one who won. Game over.
Ray Saini
Ray Saini Jul 28, 2021 12:16AM ET
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This is not about reps against dems. this is about corporations(elites) against Trump(people).
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Jul 28, 2021 12:16AM ET
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Trump is part of the elite lol? Did you think he comes from the working class?
Ray Saini
Ray Saini Jul 28, 2021 12:16AM ET
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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 28, 2021 12:16AM ET
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so you think a new york property developer billionaire isn't part of the corporate elites???  OK, I have a nigerian friend who wants to talk to you about a fabulous investment opportunity......
Ray Saini
Ray Saini Jul 28, 2021 12:16AM ET
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Tre Hsi  Trump already proved by his action he's on the people side. American Elites selling country to China and destroying USA. you can continue to play stupid like you don't understand it
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 28, 2021 12:16AM ET
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Ray Saini  "American Elites selling country to China and destroying USA."  -- you do know of course all of Trump's merchandises and most of Trump's bulding materials were made in China, right?   ........... "he's on the people side"  -- who are those people, the same ones who bought all the chinese import products in Walmarts?
Mohd Asmadibin Ramli Ramli
Mohd Asmadibin Ramli Ramli Jul 27, 2021 11:41PM ET
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what this to want true job why people no help to meiwant see the true job
OVER CULL
OVER CULL Jul 27, 2021 11:11PM ET
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Trump 2024 ;)
Mad Money
Mad Money Jul 27, 2021 11:11PM ET
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Trump 1946-2024 ;)
Mad Money
Mad Money Jul 27, 2021 11:11PM ET
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jason wilson womp womp womp
Billy Wood
Billy Wood Jul 27, 2021 10:58PM ET
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And you're very far left so there's no reason to single out a characteristic that's just as extreme as yours.
Expressions Productions
Expressions Productions Jul 27, 2021 10:51PM ET
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Trump is a plague whatever he touches turns into a pile of filth and rubbish.
Ray Saini
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this how he got terrific carrier, billions, beautiful family, lovely wife, successful daughter and highest position in USA, right?
King Agamemnon
King_Agamemnon Jul 27, 2021 10:50PM ET
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Rino's are all traitors that won't fight back against the communist dems that want to destroy this country
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2021 10:50PM ET
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under the last 2 communist democrat presidents the stock markets tripled, twice........
King Agamemnon
King_Agamemnon Jul 27, 2021 10:50PM ET
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Tre Hsi  Thanks to the Federal Reserve and thanks to deregulation from the prior presidents. Now look at all the cities and states like CA and NY under communist democrat control. They are failing and their populace is moving to red states.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2021 10:50PM ET
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the Fed?  you mean the great Paul Volker who caused the 15% unemployment back in early 80's and the great Alan Greenspan who caused the great recession in 2008?  yeah OK
King Agamemnon
King_Agamemnon Jul 27, 2021 10:50PM ET
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Tre Hsi   Are you still in high school or are just not an American? Inflation was going parabolic in the 1970's. The FED chair at the time of the inflation was Arthur Burns. He was in full fledged denial and began to rewrite CPI to exclude food, energy, and housing. Yet CPI kept going up because inflation was rampant and on the verge of destroying the financial system. Volker was assigned with the task of whipping inflation which entailed tightening the money supply. Interest rates peaked in the early 1980's and are now virtually negative. Alan Greenspan engendered the Tech bubble and the housing bubble through monetary intervention in the late 1990's, 1998 to be exact and then again in the post 2000 tech bubble collapse. Bernake engineered QE in 2009 to flood the market with liquidity via permanent open market operations. Without it Obama would have overseen a dead financial market.
Chris Maz
ChristoM Jul 27, 2021 10:42PM ET
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Key takaway ... The left has overrun the media in Texas
Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Jul 27, 2021 10:42PM ET
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Please get help u have been brainwashed is u truly belive the left is the issue
Sean Brennan
Sean Brennan Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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Registered Republican, but he is awful for the party, he isn't even conservative. Wish we could find more centrist leadership, I was glad he beat Hillary, but its time for Republicans to move on. There is young talent everywhere.
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Mad Money
Mad Money Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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King Agamemnon lost bigly 🤣
King Agamemnon
King_Agamemnon Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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Mad Money  The potato in the white house cheated bigly and our economy is about to crash bigly and the dems are about to get flushed in the mid terms bigly. by the way you never refuted that fox called the AZ for Biden with 1% reporting, that counting mysteriously stopped, or that AZ among other things shows 74,000 more ballots counted than sent out.
Mad Money
Mad Money Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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King Agamemnon aww does that make you cry. Who tf watches fox. Its a circus channel
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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King Agamemnon  "fox called the AZ for Biden with 1% reporting"  -- did you read that on the internet or did you made that up all by yourself???
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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King Agamemnon  Fact:   Fox News called Arizona for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at 11:20 p.m., with just 73 percent of the state’s vote counted.
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Jul 27, 2021 9:16AM ET
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The big loser is back with his political circus......trying to make money in order to survive financially.....After all he hasn't spent any money for all the audits and baseless law suits despite all the millions he raised from poor educated Retrumpicans.
Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Jul 27, 2021 9:16AM ET
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You voted for Biden im guessing? You shouldnt be making fun of anyone dude lol. The entire country doesnt respect you, and only half the country agrees with you.
Rob Fordham
Rob Fordham Jul 27, 2021 9:16AM ET
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Matt Goodwin i voted against trump. I would have voted for my dog over trump he is the worst ever
Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Jul 27, 2021 9:16AM ET
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Rob Fordham well you voted for a guy who can barely form a coherent sentence, just so you didnt have to deal with mean tweets and stuff. Nice work.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2021 9:16AM ET
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Matt Goodwin  "a guy who can barely form a coherent sentence,"  -- you mean the guy, even without forming a coherent sentence and never left his  basement,  managed to get 7 million more votes than your Donald?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jul 27, 2021 9:16AM ET
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Matt Goodwin  "mean tweets and stuff"  -- yes, stuff, like mismanagement of the pandemic, launching trade wars that he can't win, trade deficit and federal budget deficit up every year, unemployment went up over 10%, babbling nonsense in press conference with Putin, wasting time with North Korea, you know, stuff
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 27, 2021 8:47AM ET
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I would take a former Navy pilot over a Trump sycophant every time.
Andrew Allen
Andrew Allen Jul 27, 2021 8:47AM ET
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no one cares what you think
Scot House
Scot House Jul 27, 2021 8:47AM ET
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