How Republican Jake Ellzey’s Bipartisan Appeal, Positive Campaign Helped Him Upset Trump’s Pick for Congress

July 29, 2021 – Susan Wright’s campaign had reasons to feel good Tuesday morning, coming off a tele-rally with former President Donald Trump the night before and armed with internal polling showing she had a comfortable lead over her fellow Republican opponent. But anxiety set in as the day went on and her campaign saw higher-than-expected turnout. Then, a couple of hours before polls closed, her consultant, Matt Langston, got a call.

It was from a campaign worker at a polling place, and they said the kinds of voters who were showing up had “definitely changed.” How do you know that? Langston asked.

“Because they’re all wearing masks,” the worker replied.

State Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Waxahachie, won the runoff race for Texas’ 6th Congressional District against Donald Trump-backed Susan Wright. (Credit: Bob Daemmrich/CapitolPressPhoto)

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