TEXAS — There are 23 candidates on the ballot for the Texas special election to replace late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright in the 6th congressional district.

On Monday, former President Donald Trump endorsed Wright’s widow, Republican Susan Wright.

“Susan Wright will be a terrific Congresswoman (TX-06) for the Great State of Texas,” a statement from Trump reads. “She is the wife of late Congressman Ron Wright, who has always been supportive of our America First Policies. Susan will be strong on the Border, Crime, Pro-Life, our brave Military and Vets, and will ALWAYS protect your Second Amendment.”

Wright had already racked up a number of prominent GOP endorsements heading into Saturday's election.

The race includes at least two Republicans who worked in the Trump administration and a former congressional candidate in Nevada, Dan Rodimer, who lost last year even though Trump endorsed him.

Trump has weighed into other special elections since leaving office, including backing Republican Rep. Julia Letlow of Louisiana, who easily won a special election last month to the seat her husband, Luke, couldn’t fill because of his death from complications related to COVID-19.

Ron Wright, 67, died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Election Day is May 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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