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 HensarlingLawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank House passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell Has Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? 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, 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE in 2016, Gooden is expected to cruise through November’s general election and become the district’s next congressman.