by Garrett Frisk
In a previous article, Diamond Eye Candidate Report detailed the candidates running against Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and mentioned that congressman Colin Allred was reportedly considering a Senate campaign. Today, the Democrat made if official and announced he'd challenge Cruz in the 2024 election. Allred is the first major challenger to the two-term Republican, and starts out as a formidable candidate for the Democratic nomination. His campaign website can be found here.
However, Allred is not the only candidate who has entered the race since our previous article. Businessman Zachariah Manning has also entered the Democratic primary; he previously ran for the 30th congressional district in 2022, but dropped out before the primary. Manning's website can be found here. In addition, Ted Cruz has gained a new primary challenger in Dan McQueen. McQueen was elected mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas in 2016, but resigned just 37 days into his term after a series of controversies. After several years out of the spotlight, he surprisingly announced he'd run in Missouri's 2022 Senate race, only to abruptly drop out and instead run for U.S. House back in Texas. He won the Republican primary in Texas's 35th district, but lost the general election to Democrat Greg Casar by a 45.2% margin. This isn't the first time McQueen has clashed with Cruz; in 2018, McQueen endorsed Cruz's primary challenger Bruce Jacobson, who ended up taking just 4.2% in the Republican primary. In the first quarter of 2023, McQueen loaned his campaign $10,000, spent $7,438, and ended with $2,486 on hand. His website can be found here.
This article was updated to correct the link to Dan McQueen's Senate campaign website