(McKinney, Texas) - Senator Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, has landed the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers’ Union Political Action Committee (HPOU).
HPOU President Ray Hunt said, “On behalf of the men and women of the Houston Police Officers’ Union Political Action Committee we are proud to announce our support of Senator Ken Paxton in the Republican Primary Run-Off Election for Texas Attorney General. Senator Paxton has been a great friend and supporter of working street officers and understands the dangers police officers face daily. Therefore, it is our honor to support Senator Ken Paxton and encourage voters in Texas to do the same.”
In response to the endorsement, Senator Paxton said, “I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of HPOU, which represents over 5,000 Houston police officers. HPOU advocates for the men and women who put their life on the line each day in the streets of Texas’ largest city. The bravery and sacrifice of Houston’s finest will not be taken for granted, and as Attorney General I look forward to working with these officers to make cities safer for Texas families.”
The endorsement by HPOU continues Senator Paxton’s momentum following the March 4 Republican primary, when he shocked political observers with his first-place showing. During early voting, the Dan Branch campaign released a poll showing Representative Branch with an almost 2-1 lead over Senator Paxton. Despite being outspent more than 2-1, Senator Paxton led the field with 44%, coming within just 6 points of winning outright.
Additionally, Paxton won Dan Branch’s home county of Dallas and his other “home” county of Bexar, where Rep. Branch grew up and still has family. The McKinney Republican won the largest seven GOP counties including Harris, Tarrant, Dallas, Bexar, Collin, Montgomery and Denton. Senator Paxton won 19 of the top 20 counties in Texas, and won 51 of the top 75 counties representing approximately 85% of the GOP vote.