As the runoff begins for the GOP nomination in the attorney general race, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has endorsed incumbent Ken Paxton for re-election.

“I am endorsing Ken Paxton in the run-off race for Attorney General,” said Patrick in a news release. “He has challenged federal government overreach over and over again and won. He has sued Washington bureaucrats who wish to usurp state sovereignty and rendered solid legal opinions on behalf of the State all along the way.”

Paxton faces outgoing Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the May 24 Republican runoff. Paxton received 42.7 percent of the vote, with Bush garnering 22.8 percent. Former Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman came in third with 17.5 percent, with the fourth candidate – U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert – getting 17 percent.

Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott has refused to take a position on the race. Paxton endorsed Abbott’s re-election bid last year, but the governor has not returned the favor. When asked on Election Day about the race, Abbott demurred and refused to say who he was supporting.

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