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Ron Wright. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Susan Wright (R), the widow of Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), will advance to a runoff contest in the special House election for Texas' 6th congressional district, AP reports.

Why it matters: Ron Wright became the first sitting member of Congress to die of the coronavirus, two weeks into his second term and the seat has been empty since.

The state of play: Susan Wright was the only Republican candidate to receive an endorsement from former President Trump, the Texas Tribune notes.

  • Republican Jake Ellzey will compete against Wright, beating Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for second place.
  • The seat has been occupied by a Republican since at least 1984. However, several polls in the district showed mixed results leading up to the race, per FiveThirtyEight.
  • Democrats had hoped Sanchez would advance to the runoff, putting the seat into play to help them expand their slim majority but the seat will remain in Republican hands.

Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to show that the race will go to a runoff contest after any candidate failed to get 50% of the popular vote. An earlier version of this story indicated that Wright had won the race.

This post has been updated to note Republican Jake Ellzey will compete against Wright.

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Arkansas judge orders state to resume pandemic unemployment benefits

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A judge in Arkansas ruled Wednesday that the state must resume pandemic unemployment benefits after Gov. Asa Hutchinson halted them, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The decision could impact 69,000 jobless workers in Arkansas who lost their additional jobless benefits on June 26, AP notes.

FAA clears more planes after 5G fears

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it had approved nearly 80% of the U.S. commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings at airports with new 5G services after fears of signal interference limited 5G rollout.

Why it matters: The FAA approvals will help provide more certainty after the agency raised fears that 5G signals could reduce the accuracy of certain equipment, known as radio altimeters, that helps planes land and take off in inclement weather.

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3 hours ago - Economy & Business

Peloton stock tanks on report of production halt

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Peloton stock fell by as much as 25% on Thursday, following a CNBC report that the connected fitness company will temporarily halt production on its bikes and treadmills.

Why it matters: Peloton is viewed by many as a proxy for consumer behavior in the pandemic era, as its popularity surged when gyms closed and people wanted to exercise at home.

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