Whether or not somebody aside from Mrs. Wright and Ms. Sanchez can get into the two-person runoff stays unclear, however the likeliest candidate appears to be State Consultant Jake Ellzey of Midlothian, a Republican.
Mr. Ellzey, a former Navy fighter pilot and a industrial airline pilot who ran in opposition to Mr. Wright within the 2018 Republican main, additionally brandishes his personal high-profile endorsement. He has been supported by Rick Perry, Texas’ longest-serving governor and vitality secretary throughout a part of the Trump administration.
Though Mr. Perry’s assist of Mr. Ellzey places him at political odds along with his former boss in Washington, the previous governor is a longtime good friend of the congressional candidate.
One other Republican contender, Brian Harrison, is a former chief of employees on the Division of Well being and Human Providers who touts his service within the Trump administration. An internet site picture exhibits him standing subsequent to Mr. Trump within the Oval Workplace.
Whereas the Republican candidates provide differing types and backgrounds, they look like essentially in settlement in calling for a robust border enforcement, low taxes, gun rights and different G.O.P. priorities. “There are variations in life experiences, however not on the problems,” Craig Murphy, Mr. Ellzey’s marketing campaign spokesman, mentioned.
One outlier is Michael Wooden, a enterprise proprietor who has gained consideration as an anti-Trump Republican. He has mentioned that the previous president bears a lot of the duty for the Capitol riot and that many conventional Republicans are on the lookout for a substitute for Trumpism.
The problem for different Democrats within the race is to topple Ms. Sanchez’s standing because the Democratic front-runner and land a spot within the runoff. Main contenders embrace Lydia Bean, a instructor and enterprise proprietor, and Shawn Lassiter, an educator.
“It’s anyone’s race at this level,” Ms. Rayes mentioned.
Dave Montgomery reported from Austin, and Edgar Sandoval from San Antonio. Sheelagh McNeill contributed analysis.