Texas Republicans Reject George P. Bush for AG in Nearly All 254 Counties

Jeb Bush’s son made it to a runoff election for Texas attorney general before his luck ran out.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was handed a sound political victory over outgoing Texas Land Manager George P. Bush.
  • Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, making him the nephew of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.
  • Bush challenged Paxton during the Republican primary in a campaign that seemed to depend largely on name recognition alone.
  • All but five of Texas’ 254 counties voted to re-elect Paxton over the legacy candidate, Breitbart News reports.
  • Bush and Paxton duked it out in the runoff despite it not being a particularly close match in the primaries because Paxton was unable to achieve more than 50% of the vote alone.
ELECTION DETAILS:
  • Bush received about 32% of votes from Republicans, giving Paxton 68% support, likely owing the win to Paxton’s hard-line stance on illegal immigration and monopoly businesses.
  • While there was some support spread out around the state, the only counties where Bush won over Paxton were either far left, or had a curiously low number of votes.
  • Bush won in Loving County, where there were less than 10 residents that voted in Tuesday’s runoff election; Sterling County, where about 50 residents voted; Kenedy County, where about 6 residents voted; and Starr County, where about 200 residents voted.
  • Lastly, Bush took Travis County, home of Austin, Texas, which is sometimes referred to by native Texans as “East California,” due to its aggressively liberal politics.
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) George P. Bush gives a eulogy during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
BACKGROUND:
  • Bush’s loss comes about six years after his dad, Jeb Bush, suspended his presidential campaign less than a year after launching following losses in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
  • Some believe that the Bush name could be doing more harm than good, partially due to recently published information about how longtime political families such as the Bushes and Bidens have ties to the Chinese Communist Party through business deals promoting trade with the United States.