With an endorsement from President Donald Trump, former White House physician Ronny Jackson secured the Republican nomination for Texas’ 13th Congressional District, which covers the Texas panhandle and stretches toward Wichita Falls.
Jackson ended the night with a 12-point lead ahead of Josh Winegarner, a former congressional staffer who now works with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, an agricultural lobbying group.
Winegarner had the support of retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13) and led in the primary with 39 percent of the vote to Jackson’s 20 percent.
But Jackson’s official endorsement from Trump after the primary, alongside an endorsement from Chris Ekstom, the third-placed primary candidate, propelled him to the lead in the runoff race.
Although Winegarner had raised almost $200,000 more than Jackson throughout the entire race, Jackson raised the most out of all U.S. House runoff candidates in Texas in the pre-runoff filing.
Democrats also held a runoff in the district, with Gus Trujillo winning 66 percent of the vote against Greg Sagan.
The general election campaign for the seat is not expected to be competitive, since the 13th Congressional District is calculated by the Cook Partisan Voting Index as R+33, the most Republican-leaning district in the nation.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.