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Ken Paxton speaks to the crowd in Dallas, Texas, in 2021. (Emil Lippe for The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Ken Paxton will win his attorney general runoff election against current Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, CNN projects.

Paxton, who has been beset by criminal probes and is under indictment, led the March 1 primary but failed to clinch the race with a majority in a four-way race, triggering the run-off with Bush, whose defeat on Tuesday marks another blow to his family’s once-mighty political dynasty.

During the campaign, Bush and Paxton’s other initial challengers, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, warned that Paxton’s legal issues could come back to bite Republicans in a general election. 

“This campaign is about good government — making sure we don’t have indicted felons serving at the top of the chain of command of our law enforcement officials here in Texas,” Bush told Texas Public Radio ahead of the runoff.

But Paxton has already won reelection once, in 2018, despite being under indictment for securities fraud, in a case that goes back to 2015. He also enjoyed the support of former President Donald Trump – and, even as a two-term incumbent, sought to portray himself as a political outsider. 

“I guess what I’d say is, clearly, to the establishment: they got what they wanted,” Paxton told supporters in a speech after the March vote. “They got me in a runoff.”

Quoted from Various Sources

Published for: WATPFC