A month after GOP Rep. Ron Wright (TX-06) passed away after being hospitalized with COVID-19, the May 1 special election to fill his suburban Dallas-Ft. Worth seat is coming into focus. At the March 3 deadline, 23 candidates filed to run, including 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. And although Republicans hold the upper hand, it could be the first real test of the political environment in the Biden era.

As in Louisiana's 5th CD — the other vacancy created by a COVID death — the late incumbent's widow, Susan Wright, is the frontrunner in an all-party jungle primary followed by a runoff if no one clears 50 percent of the vote. But unlike Republican Julia Letlow, who is the prohibitive favorite to win LA-05 this Saturday, Wright faces a crowded field and a likely runoff in a diversifying district where Democrats could be competitive.

Texas's 6th CD voted for Donald Trump 54 percent to 42 percent in 2016 but by just 51 percent to 48 percent in 2020. The major driver of the 6th CD's leftward shift has been the

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