The current Republican primary contest for the Texas Attorney General is presenting the state and the nation with a direct battle between the power of a strong endorsement from President Donald Trump and the Texas legacy of the Bush political dynasty.
Incumbent GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton is armed with an unequivocal Trump endorsement but challenged by Republican George P. Bush. Bush was a Trump supporter and a Texas Land Commissioner who has been elected to that office twice but has not been endorsed by Trump. Paxton is also being challenged by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.
Paxton is best known nationally for filing the Texas v. Pennsylvania case that failed in the US Supreme Court. That case claimed that Pennsylvania’s failures to run a secure 2020 presidential election unconstitutionally impaired the value of Texas’s electoral college votes. Paxton is also known for his speech at Trump’s rally near the White House on January 6, 2021, just before the riot that occurred later that day at the Capitol Building.
Paxton has filed several lawsuits against the Biden administration since then, several involving COVID-19 mandates and restrictions as well as border security issues.
All of Paxton’s challengers have campaigned on criticisms of his political baggage more than against his ideology. Paxton was indicted on securities fraud charges after he first took office in 2015 and has been investigated recently by the FBI because of allegations from former staffers that he misused his office to benefit donors. Paxton has denied any misconduct in both matters.
Trump’s endorsement of Paxton says that he has been brave and strong in “really leading the way.”
Paxton needs to garner at least 50 percent of the vote in next week’s primary election to avoid a runoff primary in May.
GOP Consultant Matt Mackowiak told Fox News that primary runoff elections generally have a lower turnout that is more conservative. That presents a challenge for Paxton’s challengers.