Contact Us

Texas Republican Ken Paxton Hoping To Emulate Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Addresses Conservative Policy Summit
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many Texas Republicans would like to emulate Ted Cruz’s rise from one-time political longshot to national tea party superstar.

But in the three-way GOP race for Texas attorney general, state Sen. Ken Paxton has been the least shy about campaigning openly as Cruz’s second coming.

In an interview, Paxton said of modeling his campaign after Cruz’s 2012 grassroots-fueled U.S. Senate bid: “It works.”

Paxton insists he’s been able to energize tea party groups while racking up endorsements from political activists and winning small, tea party straw-polls.

In the tense race for the GOP’s attorney general nomination, a runoff between the top-two finishers seems likely.

Paxton is hoping fierce conservatives will be more likely to turn out for a second round of voting — potentially putting him over the top.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Best of News Talk 940

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VOA VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VOA VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.