The Back MicThe Back Mic: Trump, Abbott, and Cruz Texas Runoff Endorsements Compared

This week — the endorsements for each state runoff race from former President Donald Trump, Governor Greg Abbott, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are compared.
May 20, 2022

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List of the Runoff Endorsements by Three Top GOP Figures

In the May 24 primary runoff, top-level political figures have waded into lower races, occasionally falling on opposing sides.

Former President Donald Trump continues to be the most sought-after endorsement in GOP politics. Often at the behest of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Trump has endorsed candidates in 33 races across the state, only five of which were forced to runoffs.

Cruz and Abbott have been more prolific in their runoff endorsements, wading into at least 10 contests each. The pair, who’ve supported each other in their previous races, fell on different sides of multiple races this time around — with Cruz’s point of emphasis being placed on the issue of school choice.

Only one Texas race pits Cruz and Trump on opposing sides, and it’s a local-level contest. In the race for Tarrant County District Attorney, Trump endorsed Phil Sorrells while Cruz supports state Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth).

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Early voting began on Monday this week and ends on Friday, May 20. Election Day is next Tuesday.

See the list of each endorsement set below. Every primary runoff race is listed here.

RaceTrump-Endorsed CandidateAbbott-Endorsed CandidateCruz-Endorsed Candidate
Attorney GeneralKen Paxton*N/AN/A
General Land OfficeDawn BuckinghamN/ADawn Buckingham
Railroad CommissionN/AN/AWayne Christian*
Senate District 24Pete FloresPete FloresPete Flores
House District (HD) 12N/AKyle Kacal*Ben Bius
HD 19N/AJustin BerryEllen Troxclair
HD 23N/APatrick GurskiTerri Leo Wilson
HD 52N/ACaroline HarrisPatrick McGuinness
HD 60N/AGlenn Rogers*Mike Olcott
HD 61Frederick FrazierFrederick FrazierN/A
HD 70N/AJamee JollyEric Bowlin
HD 73N/ABarron CasteelCarrie Isaac
HD 84N/ACarl TepperN/A
HD 85N/AStan KitzmanN/A
HD 91N/AStephanie Klick*N/A
HD 93N/ALaura HillN/A


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.