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From The News-Courier staff—
Josh Winegarner, an agricultural expert who is director of industry affairs for the Texas Cattle Raisers Association from Canyon, will face off against Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral, in a May 26 primary runoff race for the 13th Congressional District Republican nomination.
Winegarner finished with 39.8 percent and Jackson with 20.2 while Chris Ekstrom had 15.5 in last week’s primary election.
In Knox County, Winegarner received 227 and Jackson 47 while Lee Harvey got 180, Richard Herman 33, Matt McArthur 28, Vance Snider 15, Jamie Culley 9, Mark Neese 20, Monique Worthy 4, Elaine Hays 28, Diane Knowlton 5, Asusena Resendiz 10, Catherine Carr 10 and Jason Foglesong 3.
“I’m humbled and very appreciative,” said Winegarner, who got the endorsements of retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry and Rep. Mike Conway. “I’m just glad that people were liking what I had to say and stand for.
We’re not going to rest. We’re going to get out and meet more people, continue to build our team.”
Winegarner touted his ties of raising his family in the district, adding “You can count on me to vote the right way on issues that matter to you.”
“We’re going to completely regroup tomorrow, said Jackson, who got endorsements from President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Perry. “We’re going to start over.” “Everybody’s vote’s still out there. Jackson believes he can bring influence and access to the district because of his ties with the president and the executive office.
Loaning his own campaign $1.05 million and moving to Wichita Falls from Dallas wasn’t enough to advance Ekstrom into the runoff.
Meanwhile, there will also be a runoff for the Democratic party’s nomination between retired business consultant Greg Sagan and office manager Gus Trujillo, both of Amarillo.
Trujillo’s just over 42 percent of the vote and Sagan’s nearly 35 percent put them ahead of retiree Timothy W. Gassaway who garnered nearly 22 percent.
In Knox County, Sagan received 27, Truillo 21 and Gassaway 12.