Cruz files paperwork for 2018 re-election bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz says he wants another term in the Senate.

The Texas lawmaker said in a statement Wednesday that he had filed the official paperwork for a re-election bid in 2018. The move reactivates his Senate campaign committee that would collect money for his run.

Cruz quit the presidential race last week after a crushing defeat in Indiana. He said in his statement that he will continue fighting for “jobs, freedom and security … for 27 million Texans and all Americans.”

He added that the conservative movement remains strong and vibrant.

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Cruz has alienated several of his Republican colleagues during his time in the Senate, helping engineer a 16-day partial government shutdown in 2013 and calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor.