Updated at 12:11 p.m. on 9/16 to include a quote from State Rep. Matt Krause from a press release received after the original publication.

The Republican primary field for attorney general in Texas is continuing to grow.

On Thursday, State Rep. Matt Krause (R–Haslet) announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination for Texas attorney general. Krause said,

“It’s more important than ever that we have an Attorney General who will focus completely on fighting to protect Texas. As a founding member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, I have been on the front lines fighting to stop the left’s radical agenda from rapidly marching into Texas. As your Attorney General, I will continue to fight to keep critical race theory out of our schools, protect Texas families from the crisis at our southern border, and stand proudly with our men and women in law enforcement.”

Krause joins current Attorney General Ken Paxton; current Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who announced his candidacy back on June 2; and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, who announced her candidacy in mid-June.

A crowded Republican primary election field might continue to spell trouble for Paxton and will likely continue to fracture support between grassroots and more establishment-leaning Republicans in what could possibly be delayed primary elections.

Krause is a constitutional attorney and was first elected in 2013.

Krause says he made the decision to run against Paxton after the series of resignations of officials in his office last year, who accused him of wrongdoing. A recent investigation by the attorney general’s office disputes the validity of those employees’ concerns.

Jeramy Kitchen

Jeramy Kitchen serves as the Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard as well as host of 'This Week in Texas', a show previewing the week ahead in Texas politics. After managing campaigns for conservative legislators across the state, serving as Chief of Staff for multiple conservative state legislators, and serving as Legislative Director for the largest public policy think tank in Texas, Jeramy moved outside of the Austin bubble to focus on bringing transparency to the legislative process.

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