Abbott sets May 1 special ballot to replace late congressman

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A May 1 special election has been set to choose a successor to the late Republican Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the special election for the 6th Congressional District seat Tuesday and set a March 3 deadline for candidate filing. Early voting is to begin on April 19. Wright died Feb. 7 after a fight with COVID-19 and lung cancer. He had just been sworn in for a new term in the U.S. House.