Wright, who has spent decades serving in public roles in Tarrant County, will face the nearly two dozen candidates in a May 1 all-party primary, where a candidate must clear 50 percent of the vote or the race will advance to a runoff between the top two.
“I’m truly honored to be endorsed by President Trump, and I’m so proud to be the only candidate in this race President Trump trusts to be his ally in our fight to Make America Great Again,” she said on Twitter.
Trump’s endorsement of Wright, who lost her husband after he contracted Covid, will likely be a blow to candidates who have attempted to position themselves as the MAGA faithful, including former senior Trump health official Brian Harrison and Dan Rodimer, a former pro wrestler who was backed by Trump in 2020 for a House seat in Nevada.
The contest will also offer a first look at how suburban voters behave in the post-Trump era and could be the first bellwether in how anti-Trump Republicans fare at the ballot box. Michael Wood, a combat veteran and small business owner, has positioned himself as a Trump antagonist, finding allies in GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who both voted to impeach Trump.
The once reliably red district has trended purple in the Trump years. In 2012, Mitt Romney carried the seat by 17 points. Trump, who won the district by 12 points the first time, saw his margin drop to just 3 points in 2020, compared to Ron Wright’s reelection that year by 9 points.