In a new television ad this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz compares the Texas Legislature to a swamp and urges voters to support Jon Francis in the runoff primary election in House District 60.

“Washington D.C. is a swamp, and I’m fighting alongside President Trump to drain it,” Cruz says in the beginning of the 54-second spot. “But did you know the state capitol in Austin isn’t much better?”

“I know the conservative Jon Francis will stand up to the swamp in Austin and fight for our values.”

Encompassing eight counties (Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens), House District 60 is one of the most conservative districts in Texas in terms of its Republican turnout.

The district is currently represented by State Rep. Mike Lang (R–Granbury), but it opened up last year when Lang announced a campaign for county commissioner in Hood County.

Jon Francis, a small-business man and longtime activist, entered the race and has been endorsed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lang himself.

Francis is squaring off against Glenn Rogers, a rancher and veterinarian, who originally entered the race to take on Lang. A liberal establishment candidate, Rogers has touted his support for taxpayer-funded lobbying and his opposition to constitutional carry on the campaign trail.

Early voting is ongoing through July 10, with Election Day on July 14.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens