Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) has entered the Senate race, ending months of speculation that he would join the crowded GOP field for retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R) seat.
Dewhurst campaign manager Jim Bognet told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the campaign paperwork was filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The lieutenant governor joins a crowded Republican field. Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones are running, and state Sen. Dan Patrick is considering a bid.
However, Dewhurst is by far the best-known GOP candidate in the field. Local Republicans say because of this and the large personal wealth he can put toward the campaign, he’s the instant frontrunner in the race for Hutchison’s seat.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.