Election 2020

Wesley Hunt Wins GOP Nomination To Face Lizzie Fletcher In November

Hunt ended Super Tuesday strong by beating out five other candidates with 61% of the vote.

Wesley Hunt, left, won the GOP primary on Super Tuesday, and will now take on Democratic member of Congress Lizzie Fletcher in the general election.

Wesley Hunt won the Republican nomination for Texas’ 7th Congressional District on Super Tuesday, and will go on to face incumbent Lizzie Fletcher in the November election.

Hunt, an army veteran, ran against five other candidates, and finished with 61% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office, easily avoiding a runoff.

Hunt on Tuesday was confident in his ability to beat Fletcher, and cited his military experience as a main reason he’d be an effective congressman.

“I will fight for our jobs, our values and our way of life in Congress,” read a statement from Hunt Tuesday. “I put my life on the line in combat to defend the United States from foreign enemies, and I want to continue serve to stop domestic threats like the Green New Deal, socialist health care and illegal immigration.”

The district, which encompasses parts of Bellaire and spans to the Cypress area, was a historically Republican district from the 1960s until 2018, when Fletcher ousted GOP Congressman John Culberson in the November midterms.

In February, President Donald Trump endorsed Hunt, saying in a tweet he was “strong on Crime, the Border, our 2nd Amendment, Trade, Military and Vets.”

Fletcher ran uncontested, and outraised Hunt, with nearly $2.5 million to Hunt’s $2 million, according to the Houston Chronicle. Fletcher also raised millions in her race against Culberson in 2018.

Fletcher on Wednesday touted her own record while in office.

“I look forward to continuing the important work of this community—building for our future, expanding our energy economy, and delivering solutions for our health care—and to telling voters across the district how much we have accomplished, and what we can accomplish in the next two years by sending me back to Washington,” read a statement from Fletcher.