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Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff

Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff
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Ronny Jackson, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE’s former White House physician, won the GOP runoff in Texas’ 13th District, leaving him well placed to be elected to Congress in November in the reliably red district.

Jackson led with 56 percent of the vote with 87 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. He defeated Josh Winegarner, a lobbyist, in the race to replace Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget House Armed Services chairman, top Republican urge passage of compromise defense bill without Section 230 repeal MORE (R-Texas), who's retiring after 13 terms.

Trump tweeted Tuesday night to congratulate the former White House official and spoke with him on the phone. The president endorsed Jackson, a former Navy officer, in February ahead of a crowded primary on March 3 where no single candidate won a majority.

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Jackson will face off against Democrat Gus Trujillo, who prevailed in his party's runoff on Tuesday.

Trump nominated Jackson last year to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, but he withdrew from consideration amid allegations of professional misconduct, including drinking on the job and overprescribing medication.

Jackson also reportedly hid cauliflower in the president's mashed potatoes to improve his diet.