Donald Trump’s PAC does last-minute promotion for Susan Wright in the District 6 congressional race.
Susan Wright’s campaign advisors are confident that she is way ahead of Rep. Jake Ellzey in choosing the 6th district for Congress in North Texas.
But ahead of Tuesday’s election, Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again Action PAC suspended a $ 100,000 ad purchase at the last minute to secure victory for Wright, records show.
The ad purchase follows Trump’s rewrite this week advocating Wright running to replace her late husband Ron Wright, who died in February after battling COVID-19 and cancer.
PICTURE LEFT: Susan Wright, a Republican candidate running for the 6th Morning News) PICTURE RIGHT: Undated handout photo of her opponent Jake Ellzey, a candidate for Congressional District 6 in North Texas. (Archive Dallas Morning News)(Steve Hamm / Special Contributor / Dallas Morning News Archive)
Is Trump concerned that Wright is vulnerable despite her campaign aids published an internal poll that shows she is 12 percentage points ahead of Ellzey?
Ellzey has raised more campaign money than his rival. In the period between April 12 and July 7, which includes the final weeks of the primary election and most of the runoff, Wright raised $ 454,286, bringing her grand total for the entire election cycle to $ 740,617. During the same period, Ellzey raised $ 1.2 million, bringing his total revenue for the campaign to $ 1.7 million.
But the candidate fundraising amounts don’t tell the whole story. The anti-tax group called Club for Growth has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting Wright and cutting Ellzey in mailers and campaign ads.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Elias Valverde II / The Dallas Morning News)(Elias Valverde II / employee photographer)
The wild cards in the competitions are the voters. It is rare for a runoff election to take place in the middle of summer, and both candidates need a heavy turnout to get their supporters to the polls.
Matthew Langston, Wright’s senior campaign advisor, when asked about the Make America Great Again Action PAC purchase, suggested that the ads were meant to get voters to the polls.
“It’s just GOTV (get the vote) to make up for a low turnout,” Langston said. “It’s about getting Trump voters to the polls.”
A Wright campaign representative confirmed on Sunday evening that Trump will host a virtual event on Monday to attract last-minute voters. Ahead of the May primaries, the former president was featured at a Tele Townhall event sponsored by the Club for Growth.
Congressional District 6 candidate Jake Ellzey speaks to supporters during an evening fundraiser at the Legal Draft in Arlington, Texas on July 14, 2021. (Robert W. Hart / Special Contributor)(Robert W. Hart / special article)
Craig Murphy, Ellzey’s chief advisor, said the ad purchase merely confirmed Trump’s support for Wright, which voters already know. He says he is satisfied with the response Ellzey has received from the polling stations.
Trump confirmed Wright just days before the May primary with 23 candidates in the 11th hour. The former president remains hugely popular with the GOP base, and his support from Wright is said to have led her to first place in the competition, beating Ellzey with 4,200 votes.