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Bush Family Name Dogs Scion Vying for Office in Hard-Right Texas

  • What once was a storied legacy has become a handicap for Bush
  • Challenger trails Ken Paxton in race for AG nomination
George P. Bush takes questions from reporters in Lakeway, Texas, on Feb. 10, 2022.
George P. Bush takes questions from reporters in Lakeway, Texas, on Feb. 10, 2022.Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

The Bush name helped his uncle get elected governor in Texas twice, but for George P. Bush what once was a storied legacy has become a handicap -- a sign of how much the Republican party has changed in the Lone Star State.

Polls show Bush trailing incumbent Ken Paxton as they vie for the GOP attorney general nomination in a May 24 primary runoff. Among the biggest issues driving support for Paxton is that he’s “not a Bush,” according to a survey released this week by the Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler.