As the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary field continues to grow speculation over Ted Cruz’ future plans is heating up.
Will he make another run for the White House, seek re-election in the Senate, or simply ride off into the sunset?
Americans now have an answer as Ted Cruz is now telling his supporters a big secret about his 2024 plans.
The natural order of things
It’s been a longstanding, unofficial Republican tradition that the runner-up of a Presidential Primary is typically first in line for the nomination four years later.
Ronald Reagan fell just short of knocking off then-President Gerald Ford in 1976.
The Gipper then went on to cruise to the top of the ticket in 1980.
Reagan tapped the man who was runner-up to him for the nomination in 1980, George H.W. Bush, as his running mate.
Then-Vice President Bush went on to win the White House in 1988 following Reagan’s two consecutive terms.
Former Senator John McCain (R-AZ) finished a distant second to then-Governor George W. Bush in the 2000 GOP primaries.
After W’s eight years in office, McCain took the top of the ticket in 2008 – but lost in a landslide to then-freshman Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) in the General Election.
It was Mitt Romney who came in second to McCain in the 2008 primary, and then traded-in his silver medal for the frontrunner spot in 2016.
He used his massive money advantage, and establishment elites’ support, to survive an “Anyone But Romney” movement, and purchased the nomination.
However, like McCain before him, Romney lost a lopsided contest to Obama.
The field was clear in 2016 with real estate and entertainment mogul Donald Trump shocking the world to secure the top of the Republican ticket and upset Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the clear second place finisher in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary.
The field is starting to grow
With so much tradition and history behind the runners up getting promoted, all eyes are on Senator Cruz in 2024.
Trump has already announced his candidacy, as has former United National Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Many other top Republicans are rumored to be interested in a White House bid, though – and there’s no doubt Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ name tops that list.
But what about Cruz?
Senator or President?
According to The Houston Chronicle, Senator Cruz may have already made his decision.
The Chronicle reported earlier this week that the conservative has made it clear to his supporters that he’s running for re-election to the Senate, not making another White House run.
“I’m on the ballot in 2024,” Cruz told supporters. “I’m running for re-election.”
Senator Cruz won re-election by just 3-points in 2018 after Democrats and left-wing activists, like billionaire George Soros, once again made him their top Senate target, spending tens of millions of dollars to smear his name.
He told supporters that he fully expects Democrats will use the exact same playbook – if not worse – against him throughout the 2024 election cycle.
Senators Cruz, Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Rick Scott (R-FL) have already been identified as some of Democrats’ top targets, as the Left believes they can flip those Republican seats in order to grow their Senate majority.
However, Republicans are still considered the early favorites in those contests, and there’s no doubt conservatives nationwide will rally around ensuring the Senators get across the finish line.
Senator Cruz added he’s seeking re-election to ensure Texas stays red.
The decision couldn’t have been easy for Cruz, who told Newsmax back in 2021 that he was open to another national campaign at some point down the line.
“I am certainly looking at it,” Cruz said. “I’ll tell you, 2016 was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We came incredibly close.”
But in the end, Senator Cruz decided it was best for him to focus on securing his Senate seat for another six years rather than making a gamble on a Presidential campaign.
While no one would say he’s been perfect, Cruz has been one of the most conservative Senators in America since he was elected in 2012, and the majority of Texans are thrilled he’s mounting a re-election campaign.