A super PAC aligned with former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE dropped $100,000 on an ad campaign boosting Susan Wright in the lead-up to the runoff election in Texas’s 6th Congressional District.
The super PAC, Make America Great Again Action, spent $5,000 on ad production and another $95,000 to place the television spot, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. The ad campaign was first reported over the weekend by the Dallas Morning News.
Wright is facing off against fellow Republican Jake Ellzey in a runoff on Tuesday to represent Texas’s 6th District, south of Dallas and Fort Worth. The two candidates are vying to replace Wright’s late husband, former Rep. Ron WrightRon WrightPhotos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris Trump tries to spin failed Texas endorsement: 'This was a win' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 MORE (R-Texas), who died in February from COVID-19.
Trump endorsed Susan Wright ahead of the district’s May primary contest, and has continued to boost her throughout the runoff campaign. The former president is expected to headline a virtual get-out-the-vote event on Monday.
Candidates of all parties appeared on the ballot in May. But Wright and Ellzey emerged as the top two vote-getters in that election, knocking Democrats out of the running for that seat.
Make America Great Again Action was formed in March as part of Trump’s post-presidential political operation. The effort was spearheaded by his former campaign manager and longtime ally Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiBiden White House moves to oust Trump appointees from advisory boards Trump budget chief refuses to resign from Naval Academy board Trump super PAC promoting Susan Wright ahead of Texas House runoff MORE.
Matthew Langston, the chief consultant for Wright’s campaign, told the Dallas Morning News that the ad from Make America Great Again Action appeared focused on encouraging voters to turn out for the runoff “to compensate for a low turnout election.”