Wood, on paper, had all the types of attributes that Republican voters have lengthy prized — he is a Marine veteran and a small enterprise proprietor.

He was additionally, nonetheless, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, and argued that the Republican Party wanted to maneuver past the forty fifth President so as to survive.

It’s that final attribute that drew a lot nationwide consideration to Woods’ candidacy. In a crowded discipline with most of the candidates vowing their unstinting assist for Trump, may Woods lower by way of by tapping into dissatisfaction with Trump inside the GOP? And if he did, was {that a} signal that Trump’s grip on the GOP was slipping?

Uh, no.

Wood completed ninth. He bought just over 2,500 votes — good for 3.2% of the overall vote. Which, oomph.
The main candidate? Susan Wright, the widow of the late Texas Rep. Ron Wright, with 19%, who was personally endorsed by — you guessed it — Donald Trump. “Susan surged after I gave her an endorsement last week,” tweeted the former president over the weekend. “Her wonderful husband is looking down, and is very proud of her!” (The different candidate who qualified for the July runoff was state Rep. Jake Ellzey, who additionally original himself as a robust supporter of Trump.)
Wood was unbowed in the wake if his dismal displaying, releasing a statement that said in part:

“I am gravely concerned about the state of the Republican Party. Let me be clear: this is not because I lost an election. I am concerned because a Republican President of the United States lied to the American people, took advantage of his supporters’ noble patriotism, encouraged a mob to disrupt the lawful operations of the United States Congress, was derelict in his duty as commander-in-chief to put an end to this insurrection — and then the overwhelming majority of elected Republicans in Congress failed to show the courage this moment required. Republican members of Congress then voted to overturn an election and attempted to disenfranchise millions of Americans. The events of January 6, 2021 are a stain on America. The failures of Republicans in the weeks that followed are a stain on the party of Abraham Lincoln.”

It’s price noting right here that Wood was all the time one thing of a protracted shot — irrespective of how he positioned himself vis a vis Trump in the main. Wright’s identify ID — because of her late husband’s time in workplace — made her the frontrunner from the begin. And Ellzey not solely had a base in the district from his state House seat however had additionally run unsuccessfully towards Ron Wright in 2018.

Even so, had there been any vital blowback to Trumpism — significantly on this Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburban seat — Wood would have overperformed. Instead, he completed behind 4 different Republicans and 4 Democrats. (All candidates — regardless of celebration — ran in a single main on Saturday.)

The Wood flop is rightly understood as the newest piece of proof that whereas Trump is not in workplace, his affect over the GOP hasn’t waned a bit. This stays his celebration completely. From the booing of Sen. Mitt Romney in Utah over the weekend or the continued jeopardy in which Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney finds herself, it is clear that any try by the anti-Trump crowd inside the GOP is being met with huge resistance.

If there is a struggle inside the GOP, the Trump forces are successful.


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