Ted Cruz

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, speak after Republicans objected to certifying the Electoral College votes from Arizona, during a joint session of the House and Senate to confirm the electoral votes cast in November's ele
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From KERA:

Cruz was one of the senators who objected to the ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes. He said he bears no responsibility for the riot and chaos that ensued on Wednesday.

Senator Ted Cruz played a key role in this week’s drama at the U.S. Capitol. Yet he denies responsibility and is aiming blame solely at President Trump. Like Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, Cruz is courting Trump’s loyal base and getting blowback.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest in Washington.
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From Texas Public Radio: 

Prominent Texas Republicans are criticizing the actions from a mob of pro-Trump extremists at the Capitol Building in D.C.

The attack interrupted proceedings in the House and Senate, as members of Congress were taking up President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

Stream the first of three debates between U.S. Senate candidates, Beto O'Rourke and incumbent Ted Cruz. The two will face off for the first time in Dallas for a one-hour debate, beginning at 6 p.m. Tonight's discussion will focus primarily on domestic policy.

The Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns announced apparent coordinated strategies to combat Donald Trump in select upcoming primaries — an effort to force an open convention when the Republican National Committee gathers in Cleveland in July.

In a statement sent out Sunday evening, the Cruz campaign said it will focus resources on Indiana, "and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico."

The last Texas Republican to occupy the Oval Office, George W. Bush, took 49 percent of the state’s Hispanic vote in his 2004 presidential re-election, setting a relatively high bar for the handful of Texas-born or -raised Republicans who might be hoping to follow in his footsteps in 2016.

Republican presidential aspirants with ties to the Lone Star State must figure out how to hold the GOP base and attract conservative Hispanics if they want to be successful in Texas, political observers say.