President Trump tweets support for Texas candidates

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President Donald Trump tweeted his support Tuesday for eight Republican candidates running in next week’s Texas primary.

He said each of them are “helping me to Make America Great Again.”

Trump threw his support behind Gov. Greg Abbott who faces two opponents on March 6. The winner will face one of nine Democratic candidates in November – including Andrew White, the son of former Texas Gov. Mark White, and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who resigned after 12 years to run for the governor’s mansion.

“I want to encourage all of my many Texas friends to vote in the primary for Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.”

Cruz is one of five Republican candidates on the ballot. The winner face will likely face U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in November.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has one challenger in March. There are also two Democrats on the ballot.

Paxton is running unopposed. He will face Democrat Justin Nelson in November.

Trump said Land Commissioner George P. Bush – the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew of President George W. Bush – “backed me when it wasn’t the politically correct thing to do and I back him now.”

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller “has been with me from the beginning. He is “Trump’s Man in Texas,”” Trump tweeted.

The second Trump tweet has the potential to be more impactful in the March elections. Bush and Miller both face competitive primaries.

Bush has been challenged by former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. Miller, an especially outspoken Trump supporter, is in a tense primary race with former lobbyist Trey Blocker.

Trump said he also supports Comptroller Glen Hegar and Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick. Of those two, only Craddick faces an opponent.

All the Texas politicians will likely welcome Trump's support. The president's approval rating among Republicans in the state is 83 percent, according to a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Overall, an equal number of Texas voters approve and disapprove of Trump.

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Meanwhile, Abbott met with Trump and several Cabinet secretaries Monday in Washington, and Cruz and Trump appear to have patched things up after clashing during the GOP's 2016 presidential primary season.

Cruz enraged many Trump supporters in 2016 by telling a national GOP convention audience to "vote your conscience" instead of explicitly endorsing Trump. But Vice President Mike Pence expressed the administration's support for Cruz this month, calling the senator "the pride of Texas."

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