Elections 2020Former White House Physician Secures GOP Nomination for Panhandle Congressional District

Ronny Jackson, who worked as a White House doctor under the past three administrations, won a bid for the Republican nomination in the Texas panhandle district.
July 15, 2020
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.

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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 the Marketing and Media Manager for The Texan. After graduating with a double-major in Political Science and Humanities, he wrote for The Texan as a reporter through June 2022. In his spare time, you're likely to find him working on The Testimony of Calvin Lewis, an Abolition of Man-inspired novel and theatrical podcast.