Candidate endorsed by Pence loses Texas House primary

Candidate endorsed by Pence loses Texas House primary
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State Rep. Lance Gooden (R) is projected to win the Republican primary in the Texas 5th Congressional District, paving the way for him to replace retiring GOP Rep. Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingHas Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? Maxine Waters is the Wall Street sheriff the people deserve Ex-GOP congressman heads to investment bank MORE
 
Tuesday’s runoff came after no candidate won the majority in the March primary. Gooden led Bunni Pounds, Hensarling’s former campaign manager, in the initial vote and was able to hold on again. 
 
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Gooden carried the primary even after Pounds won the backing of a slew of top Republicans, including Hensarling, Vice President Pence and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPartisan squabbles endanger congressional response to Trump's course on Syria Trump urged to hire chief strategist for impeachment fight The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans MORE (Texas), who endorsed her Monday night.
 
 
Gooden, who has served three terms in office in the Texas House, framed himself as a conservative during the race. The anti-tax Club for Growth spent more than $300,000 against him, highlighting votes he took to raise taxes, while his own allied group matched that spending to defend him. 
 
Since the Dallas-area district voted overwhelmingly for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE in 2016, Gooden is expected to cruise through November’s general election and become the district’s next congressman.