“ Troy Nehls and Kathaleen Wall, staunch defenders of President Donald Trump, advanced instead to the runoff. That raised questions about whether the Bush family’s sharp personal clashes with the president in recent years turned off Republican voters.

Although Pierce Bush, 34, made clear from the outset of his run in December that he was an ally of Trump, he didn’t do so with zeal of rivals who promised fierce loyalty to the president if elected.

It’s the first time a Bush has lost an election in Texas since George W. Bush failed in a bid for Congress a 1978. Since then, the family had won in Texas races for governor, president and, most recently, state land commissioner in 2014 and 2018.”