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).
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.
Race Trump-Endorsed Candidate Abbott-Endorsed Candidate Cruz-Endorsed Candidate
Attorney General Ken Paxton* N/A N/A
General Land Office Dawn Buckingham N/A Dawn Buckingham
Railroad Commission N/A N/A Wayne Christian*
Senate District 24 Pete Flores Pete Flores Pete Flores
House District (HD) 12 N/A Kyle Kacal* Ben Bius
HD 19 N/A Justin Berry Ellen Troxclair
HD 23 N/A Patrick Gurski Terri Leo Wilson
HD 52 N/A Caroline Harris Patrick McGuinness
HD 60 N/A Glenn Rogers* Mike Olcott
HD 61 Frederick Frazier Frederick Frazier N/A
HD 70 N/A Jamee Jolly Eric Bowlin
HD 73 N/A Barron Casteel Carrie Isaac
HD 84 N/A Carl Tepper N/A
HD 85 N/A Stan Kitzman N/A
HD 91 N/A Stephanie Klick* N/A
HD 93 N/A Laura Hill N/A
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