“Texas Republicans have launched an all-out assault on voter rights and civil liberties,” Merritt said in a statement, adding that incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton and other GOP leaders are “blatantly attempting to turn back progress in the Lone Star State using the familiar tactics of voter suppression, divisive rhetoric and corporate money.”
“This campaign is a response from the people of Texas,” Merritt said.
Merritt said in March that he would run for attorney general but would make a formal announcement at a later date.
Merritt’s campaign announcement will come on the heels of the House Democrats leaving Texas for Washington, D.C., in a bid to deny the quorum for the House to vote on Republicans’ priority elections bill. The House is scheduled to convene at 10 a.m. for the first time since Democrats bolted from the state.