Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has won his runoff in the state’s Republican primary, according to the Associated Press. projection.
Paxton is expected to defeat Texas Lands Commissioner George P. Bush, the son of failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush, by a double-digit margin.
AUSTIN, Texas (@AP) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wins GOP nomination for re-election while still under indictment, FBI investigation.
— Jake Bleiberg (@JZBleiberg) May 25, 2022
Paxton’s triumph over Bush puts the final nail in the coffin of the Bush political dynasty. Bush’s name recognition would have hurt his campaign, with Texas voters comparing him to “the establishment” and criticizing him for being “politically correct.”
The Texas GOP attorney general primary went to a runoff after Paxton fell slightly short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Paxton led Bush, Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) in the March primary.
With former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, Paxton is set to run against Democratic challenger Rochelle Garza in November’s general election.
“It’s going to take a PATRIOT like Ken Paxton to push the policies of America First to make America Great Again,” Trump said in his endorsement. “Ken has my full and complete approval for another term as Texas Attorney General. He’s a real Texan who will keep Texas safe and never let you down!
Paxton, who has served as the state’s attorney general since 2015, is seeking his third term as Texas’ top attorney.
Paxton has been involved in various high-profile prosecutions during his tenure as Attorney General. For example, Paxton sued Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the Supreme Court over their election rules in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
Since President Joe Biden took office, Paxton’s office has sued the administration more than 25 times, largely over Biden’s hardline immigration policies. Paxton’s lawsuits were effective in stopping Biden’s immigration program. Federal courts reportedly agreed with Paxton in 93% of the cases where there was a move.
“If we don’t defend the laws and we don’t defend our Constitution, then we don’t have any,” Paxton mentioned. “Since I spoke to the Washington Examiner in March, we are now involved in 28 lawsuits on the plaintiffs’ side. 35 suits in all, and I’m just getting started.
If we don’t defend the laws, and we don’t defend our Constitution, then we don’t have one.
Since I spoke to the Washington Examiner in March, we are now involved in 28 lawsuits on the plaintiffs’ side. 35 suits in all, and I’m just getting started. https://t.co/7iIm99EZPv
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 23, 2022
Notably, Paxton successfully sued Biden as soon as he took office against the administration’s 100-day suspension of deportation. Paxton also sued Biden for restarting the Obama-era Central American Minors Program, a policy that allows certain migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to petition the government to resettle their children in the United States. United.
Paxton also sued Biden after ending Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which provides for migrants to stay in Mexico instead of being released in the United States while their asylum claims are pending. Following Paxton’s trial, the Supreme Court ordered the Biden administration to restart the program last year.