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'Keep Texas red': Ted Cruz rules out presidential bid, says he'll run for Senate again in 2024

"I'm fighting for 30 million Texans," senator said previously.

Published: February 15, 2023 9:21am

Updated: February 15, 2023 9:32am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz this week confirmed to supporters that he will not seek a presidential bid in 2024, recommitting himself to run again for the seat he has held since 2013. 

Cruz made the announcement on a call on Monday night, his office said the next day. "I'm on the ballot in 2024," he said on the call, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I'm running for re-election."

Cruz on the call said he was mounting the re-election bid in order to help "keep Texas red." 

The GOP senator won re-election in 2018 against Democrat Beto O'Rourke in what analysts said was a surprisingly close race for the historically Republican state. O'Rourke came within just a few percentage points of claiming Cruz's seat that year. 

Cruz unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in 2016, ultimately losing to Donald Trump, who went on to win the election.

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