Paxton, who has been beset by criminal probes and is under indictment, finished first in a four-way March 1 primary but failed to clinch a majority of the vote, forcing the runoff with Bush, whose defeat Tuesday marks another blow to his family’s once-mighty political dynasty.
“This campaign is about good government — making sure we don’t have indicted felons serving at the top of the chain of command of our law enforcement officials here in Texas,” Bush told Texas Public Radio ahead of the runoff.
“I guess what I’d say is, clearly, to the establishment: They got what they wanted,” Paxton told supporters in a speech after the March vote. “They got me in a runoff.”
The US Supreme Court dismissed the suit, citing a lack of standing, but from a political standpoint, the move appears to have benefited Paxton. Trump endorsed him and it sealed his standing with the former President’s supporters.
“It has probably helped him, in the sense that it has cemented him as the champion of the die-hard Trumpists,” Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, told CNN before the primary.
Paxton will face the winner of the Democratic primary runoff between Rochelle Garza, a former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, and former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski.