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A GOP candidate ran on an anti-Trump platform. He won just 3% of the vote. - CNN Politics

May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 21: The U.S. and Texas flags fly in front of high voltage transmission towers on February 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Millions of Texans lost power when winter storm Uri hit the state and knocked out coal, natural gas and nuclear plants that were unprepared for the freezing temperatures brought on by the storm. Wind turbines that provide an estimated 24 percent of energy to the state became inoperable when they froze. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Michael Wood's candidacy in this weekend's special election for Texas' 6th district was regarded as a potential canary in a coal mine.

Wood, on paper, had all the sorts of attributes that Republican voters have long prized – he’s a Marine veteran and a small business owner.

He was also, however, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, and argued that the Republican Party needed to move beyond the 45th President in order to survive.

In a crowded field with most of the candidates vowing their unstinting support for Trump, could Woods cut through by tapping into dissatisfaction with Trump within the GOP?

Susan Wright, the widow of the late Texas Rep. Ron Wright, with 19%, who was personally endorsed by – you guessed it – Donald Trump.

“Her wonderful husband is looking down, and is very proud of her!” (The other candidate who qualified for the July runoff was state Rep. Jake Ellzey, who also fashioned himself as a strong supporter of Trump. )

I am concerned because a Republican President of the United States lied to the American people, took advantage of his supporters’ noble patriotism, encouraged a mob to disrupt the lawful operations of the United States Congress, was derelict in his duty as commander-in-chief to put an end to this insurrection – and then the overwhelming majority of elected Republicans in Congress failed to show the courage this moment required.

It’s worth noting here that Wood was always something of a long shot – no matter how he positioned himself vis a vis Trump in the primary.

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