Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff

Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff
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Vice President Pence on Tuesday endorsed Bunni Pounds in the Republican primary runoff election for Texas's 5th Congressional District. 

Pence touted Pounds on Twitter as a "strong conservative" who "will be a great supporter of the MAGA agenda," referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

 

Pounds faces off against Texas state Rep. Lance Gooden in the May 22 runoff election. The winner will go head-to-head with Democratic candidate Dan Wood in November. 

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Rep. Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingOn The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment On The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger MORE, who announced in October that he would retire after his current term, has held the seat since 2003.

Eight challengers tossed their hat into the ring for last month's primary, resulting in both Pounds and Gooden falling short of the 50 percent of votes required to win the party's nomination. 

Pounds received 12,895 votes, while Gooden received 17,501 out of the nearly 59,000 ballots cast.

Pence's endorsement adds to several heavy-hitter Republicans already backing Pounds's campaign, including Hensarling and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations House GOP questions FBI lawyer for second day Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (N.C.). 

Pounds has also been endorsed by the Club for Growth.

However, Gooden holds wide support in the area going into the runoff, as the 5th District covers his own 4th Texas state House District.

This story was corrected April 11 at 9:38 a.m. An earlier version had incorrect information about the Club for Growth's endorsement of a candidate.