President Trump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson in TX-13 Republican primary

President Donald Trump endorsed former White House physician Ronny Jackson ahead of the March 3 Republican primary for Texas’ 13th Congressional District.

On Friday evening, Trump tweeted, “I hope we can get Admiral @RonnyJackson4TX of Texas, who served our Country so well, into the runoff election in #TX13! Ronny is strong on Crime and Borders, GREAT for our Military and Vets, and will protect your #2A. Get out and vote for Ronny on Tuesday, March 3rd!”

Fifteen candidates are running in the primary on Tuesday. Incumbent Mac Thornberry (R), who was first elected in 1994, announced in September 2019 that he would not seek re-election.

Media coverage and endorsements have focused on six candidates: Chris Ekstrom, Lee Harvey, Elaine Hays, Jackson, Vance Snider II, and Josh Winegarner. Also running in the primary are Catherine Carr, Jamie Culley, Jason Foglesong, Richard Herman, Diane Knowlton, Matt McArthur, Mark Neese, Asusena Resendiz, and Monique Worthy.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary election, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held on May 26, 2020. The winner of the primary will run in the district’s general election on November 3, 2020.

Jackson was Trump’s 144th endorsement since taking office in 2017.

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