Sen. Ted Cruz to announce presidential run today

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to announce his candidacy for president Monday during an address at Liberty University in Virginia.

Cruz won Kay Bailey Hutchison’s vacated Senate seat in 2012 against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by a 14-point margin. He now serves as Texas’s junior senator.

Before serving as senator, he served as solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008, and was originally appointed by then-Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Cruz was recently appointed chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness and oversees NASA. Cruz will become the first Republican to formally declare his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race.