Ted Cruz, a “conservative popular among Tea Party activists, has raised more than $1 million this year in his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed three-term Texas senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring in 2012,” according to the Weekly Standard.
Cruz’s fundraising in the first three months of 2011 signifies that he’s a serious candidate, though hardly a frontrunner. He’s never been elected to public office, but was considered a shoo-in to be elected state attorney general in 2010 if incumbent Greg Abbott had sought higher office. Abbott chose to run for reelection.
Cruz, 40, faces a crowded field in the Senate race. Five candidates have already announced. And when the Texas legislature adjourns in May, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is likely to join the field. Dewhurst would be the instant frontrunner.