Ted Cruz Launches 2016 Race With Twitter Video

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s decision to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination today will have other second-tier GOP presidential hopefuls scrambling to throw their hats in the ring, an expert says.

“To the folks not named Scott Walker or Jeb Bush there will be a lot of pressure now to jump in on the Republican side because you need to be able to put down markers on the campaign trail,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell told the Herald. “This is certainly going to put pressure on the folks who are not necessarily vying for the establishment mantle.”

Cruz, 44, jumped into the race late last night on Twitter, just two years after being elected to office and is the first of a field that is expected to include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“To legitimately have a shot at winning the nomination, Ted Cruz will have to be the pre-eminent candidate for both grass-roots conservatives and social conservatives,” O’Connell said. “Which means he will need to elbow out (former Arkansas Gov.) Mike Huckabee and (physician) Ben Carson, he’ll have to eat into Scott Walker’s support right now, and he’ll have to pretty much quash Rand Paul altogether.”

“Jeb Bush and Scott Walker can take their time announcing their candidacy,” O’Connell said. “The others, I think, will find that there will be more pressure for them to jump in.”

Read more from Owen Boss at the Boston Herald

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