Former White House physician heading to runoff in Texas congressional race

Former White House physician heading to runoff in Texas congressional race
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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral, is heading to a runoff in the Republican primary in Texas’s 13th Congressional District. 

Jackson will face off against agricultural expert Josh Winegarner. Winegarner earned the most votes in Tuesday’s Republican primary with nearly 39 percent, with Jackson coming in second with roughly 20 percent of the vote.

Since no candidate hit the 50 percent threshold, the top two vote-getters will compete in the runoff on May 26.


President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE threw his support behind Jackson last month, saying he is “strong on Crime and Borders, GREAT for our Military and Vets, and will protect your [Second Amendment].”

However, Jackson has had to grapple with lingering controversy from his time working in the White House. His nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs was withdrawn from consideration amid allegations of professional misconduct, including drinking on the job and overprescribing medication.

Jackson is running for the chance to replace retiring Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryGovernors urge negotiators to include top priorities in final defense policy bill Overnight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Chamber of Commerce endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress MORE (R), who was first elected to the House in 1994.

The Democratic Party will also see a runoff between retired business consultant Greg Sagan and office manager Gus Trujillo. 

Republicans hold a huge advantage in Texas’s 13th Congressional District, which Thornberry won with over 81 percent of the vote in 2018.