Chip Roy, Matt McCall to compete in District 21 GOP runoff


Wednesday update: Ted Cruz’s former chief of staff and a Boerne businessman will face off in the GOP runoff for Texas’ 21st congressional district. Candidates hope to succeed U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, who announced his retirement in November.

Chip Roy — who lives outside District 21 — claimed 27 percent of total votes cast, and Matt McCall took second place with 17 percent. McCall edged out third-place finisher William Negley by 1000 votes.

Roy, who used to work for Cruz, is endorsed by his former boss. McCall is a repeat candidate, who challenged Smith in the 2014 and 2016 Republican primaries, and the founder of McCall International Medical, a company that supplies surgical products to U.S. military hospitals in Europe. Both emerged from a 18-candidate primary.

In the Democratic primary, Cedar Park pastor Mary Street Wilson, who secured 31 percent of the vote, will face tech entrepreneur Joseph Kopser in a runoff. Kopser came in second with 29 percent of the vote.

Tuesday: Chip Roy, Ted Cruz’s former chief of staff, and Boerne businessman Matt McCall were the survivors in a 19-candidate scrum Tuesday for the GOP nomination in Texas’ 21st congressional district. They will compete in a May 22 runoff election.

Among the Republicans who did not make the cut were former Dripping Springs State Rep. Jason Isaac, who represented District 45 in the Texas Hill Country since 2011. He finished fourth.

BACKGROUND: In a crowded race to replace Lamar Smith, Cruz makes his choice plain

On the Democratic side, Joseph Kopser, an Austin tech executive and Army veteran, will face mathematician and minister Mary Wilson in the May 22 runoff election

President Donald Trump won this district by 10 percentage points in 2016.



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