Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) plans to announce he has the support of almost half the Republicans in the Texas legislature, with 11 Senators and 43 representatives throwing their support behind the Senator.
According to Patrick Svitek of the Texas Monthly:
“Conservatives in Texas have coalesced behind our campaign ahead of the March 1 Primary,” Cruz says in a forthcoming news release. “Our leadership team in Texas has continued to expand daily, and I’m proud of the tremendous support we’ve received from grassroots activists, elected officials, Republican women, Tea Party groups, Libertarian Republicans, and men and women from all across the Republican Party in Texas. I look forward to working together with these leaders all across the Lone Star state to be very competitive on March 1.”
Cruz’s campaign initially rolled out the endorsements of 41 state lawmakers in September. Since then, six more state senators and seven more state representatives have thrown their support behind Cruz. On the Senate side, the new endorsers are Charles Perry of Lubbock,Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, Paul Bettencourt of Houston, Donna Campbell of New Braunfels, Don Huffines of Dallas and Craig Estes of Wichita Falls. In the House, Cruz’s latest backers are Phil King of Weatherford, Dustin Burrows of Lubbock, Ron Simmons of Carrollton, Scott Sanford of McKinney, Drew Springer of Muenster, Dwayne Bohac of Houston and Jonathan Stickland of Bedford.
Cruz’s campaign is also claiming the support of almost half the members of the State Republican Executive Committee, the governing body of the Republican Party of Texas. Twenty-seven of its 61 sitting members are now backing the senator.