State Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) stunned the President Trump-endorsed Susan Wright, 53%-47%, to win the unexpired term of Wright’s late husband, former U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-Arlington).

Wright finished first in the May 1 special election thanks to Trump’s late endorsement and a corresponding surge in Election Day support. She and Ellzey received nearly the same number of early votes, but Wright received more than 4K more votes among Election Day voters than Ellzey.

In this round, Ellzey’s percentages of early vote and Election Day were practically identical. He received 53% of the early vote and 54% of the Election Day vote. Both candidates improved their vote totals in each of the three counties, but Ellzey claimed nearly 80% of those votes. He received 8K more votes in Tarrant Co. than during the special election and added 2K more votes in the other two counties. Wright improved by just over 2K votes in Tarrant Co. and just over 1K elsewhere.

Turnout was about 8% of registered voters, roughly half what it was for the May 1 special election.

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