Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas) died yesterday from COVID-19, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to succumb to the virus. The congressman, a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, was 67. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) will call a special election to fill Wright’s seat.
* As expected, the Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to formally censure Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Her transgression, of course, was voting to impeach Donald Trump last month.
* For her part, Cheney, who reportedly faced pressure from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to apologize for her vote, argued on Fox News yesterday that the Republicans need to move on from Trump. Taking stock of his failures, Cheney explained, “We should not be embracing the former president.”
* In the last uncalled congressional race of the 2020 election cycle, a state judge has cleared the way for former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R) to prevail over outgoing Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) in New York’s 22nd congressional district.