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The weight of a Trump endorsement is about to have its first test

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Tuesday’s special runoff election for Texas’s 6th Congressional District has been billed as the first test showing former president Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican Party. It could prove just the opposite.

The race is between two Republicans for a seat south of Dallas and Fort Worth that became vacant because of the untimely death of its incumbent, Rep. Ron Wright (R), of covid-19. His widow, Susan Wright, picked up the most votes in the special election on May 1 after receiving Trump’s late endorsement. The fact that she did much better after Trump’s blessing than she did in early voting was touted as evidence that his word still carried weight.

That weight wasn’t all that heavy, however, as she received only 19 percent of the vote. More tellingly, she received about 31 percent of all votes cast for Republicans. That’s not a strong showing, considering that, in addition to Trump’s backing, she had some residual name identification from being the former incumbent’s widow. Her poor fundraising........

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