Despite accusations of wrongdoing, Ken Paxton has continued to win over voters.
In 2018, three years after he was charged with felony securities fraud, he faced no Republican primary challenger in his first reelection bid.
Four years later, amid accusations of bribery and retaliation, he faced challengers for the Republican nomination, including then-Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and then-U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert. Buoyed by Trump’s endorsement, he handily defeated Bush in the primary runoff, then beat Democrat Rochelle Garza by nearly 10 points in the general election.
His wife, Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, has also enjoyed consistent success with voters. She was elected to the state Senate in 2018 and reelected in 2022.
There is no law preventing someone from running for office while under indictment. State election code says only that an eligible candidate must “have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.”
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