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Texas 2022 Elections

George P. Bush’s family name proves to be key obstacle in his race against Ken Paxton for attorney general

George P. Bush is running for attorney general as a Trump-supporting, hard-right social conservative. But voters associate his family name with the party’s moderate wing. That could hurt him in the Republican primary runoff.

President George W. Bush hugs his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while Jeb's son George P. Bush looks on, in Palm Beach, Florida on March 18, 2008.
George P. Bush during his election watch party at Central Machine Works in Austin on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Family dynasty

George P. Bush is sworn in Jan. 2, 2015 as Texas land commissioner as dad Jeb Bush and wife Amanda look on.
CAMPAIGN-BUSH:WASHINGTON,22JUL00-FILE PHOTO 19AUG92-Bush family portrait in Houston, Texas. Back row: Walker Bush (Marvin's son), Marvin Bush, Margaret Bush ( Marvin's wife), George W. Bush, Sharon Bush (Neil's wife), Neil Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Bobby Koch (Doro's Husband), Jeb Bsh, George P. Bush (Jeb's son), and Noelle Bush (Jeb's daughter). Second Row: Laura Bush (George W.'s wife), Jenna Bush (George W.'s daughter), Pierce Bush (Neil's son), Barbara Bush, Goerge Bush, sma Le BLond (Donro's son), and Columba Bush (Jeb's wife). Floor: Barbara Bush (George W.'s daughter), Marshall Bush (Marvin's daughter), Ashley and Lauren Bush (Neil's daughters), Ellie LeBlond (Doro's daughter), and Jebby Bush( Jeb's son).
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton walks to a news interview at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2022. Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Texas v. Texas, the enforcement of the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy that required asylum seekers to stay in Mexico as they waited for hearings in U.S. immigration court.
Then-candidate for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at TribFest on Sept. 19, 2014

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