Ted Cruz was never one to wait.
The freshman senator will reportedly become the first Republican to officially announce his presidential candidacy, as he hopes to make another audacious leap to prominence in a political career that has been full of them. Cruz's has an event scheduled at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday, and members of his team have told the Houston Chronicle and confirmed to The New York Times that he will announce his candidacy there.
His early entry in the presidential race wouldn't cost him the campaign contribution money the way it would other candidates. Cruz's status as a senator restricts his fundraising practices, while a former Florida governor like Jeb Bush can use this time to raise millions of dollars for a supportive super PAC before announcing a campaign.
As with any candidate in what is shaping up to be an extremely competitive GOP primary field, Cruz's path to victory is difficult. Along with nearly a dozen other potential contenders, Cruz will face an establishment rival in Bush, who declared his interest in running in December, and in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who hasn't yet announced an exploratory committee or campaign but has polled strongly among both establishment and tea party conservatives. But senior advisers say the senator's ability to distinguish his particular brand of brazen conservativism from the "mushy middle" of the GOP will be key in his route to the nomination.