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By James McAfee—
Republican Ronny Jackson and Democrat Gus Trujillo emerged as the winners in their respective races in the July 14 runoff election and will square off in the Nov. 3 general election to replace the retiring Mac Thornberry in the 13th Congressional District.
Jackson, the retired Navy admiral who had gotten the endorsement of President Donald Trump, received 36,612 votes (55.6 percent) as compared to the 29,261 (44.4 percent) of Josh Winegarner, who had earned the endorsement of Thornberry, for the Republican nomination. In Knox County, Jackson enjoyed a 128-113 advantage.
Jackson, also the White House physician to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, earned a marine biology degree from Texas A&M before graduating from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1995.
“I’m really fired up about getting out there and getting to work,” he said at his watch party in Amarillo. “I’m going to make folks proud.”
Jackson said Trump’s support has meant the world to him. “He’s got a lot of trust and confidence in me. Part of the reason why I got in this race is because I believe in his agenda,” Jackson said. “He needs good strong supporters … who will stand up for what is right.”
Trujillo, the office manager of the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, garnered 4,944 (66.3 percent) to Greg Sagan’s 2,508 (33.7 percent) from Democrats. Trujillo had a 14-11 edge in Knox County.
“It’s going to be a long tough road ahead, but I’m ready for it,” said Trujillo. who plans to focus on the issues. “I don’t want it to be a mudslinging campaign.”
Mary “MJ” Hegar defeated Royce West in the Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate, winning the nomination by a narrow 495,180 to 457,555 margin to take on Republican John Cornyn in November. She had a 14-11 advantage in Knox County.