Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton won his Republican primary runoff election against Land Commissioner George P. Bush, setting him up for a third term.
Paxton, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, only secured 42% of the vote during the March primary, short of the 50% needed to secure the nomination and forcing him into a runoff against Bush, the next highest vote-getter, with 22%, in March.
Paxton has been vocal and litigious in opposition to critical race theory, left-wing gender ideology in schools, and mask and vaccine mandates. He has filed and won dozens of lawsuits against the Biden administration’s policies.
“The Biden administration is so dramatically wrong,” Paxton told the Washington Examiner in late March. “That’s why the president is losing — he’s wrong on the law.”
Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said if he were attorney general, he would not pursue these kinds of lawsuits with the same energy as his opponent.
“My opponent is busy suing dozens and dozens of school districts on a variety of other issues, whether it’s mask mandates and vaccination requirements. I’m a different type of lawyer. I want to avoid litigation at all costs,” Bush said at an event in May.
Paxton has racked up some lawsuits of his own, including a seven-year-old securities fraud charge from a 2015 indictment. The case has seen very little movement over the years and didn’t harm his first reelection bid in 2018.