Tomorrow, US Gets 1st Official 2016 Candidate
Ted Cruz set to make announcement, insiders say
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2015 11:47 AM CDT
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Grafton County Republican Committee's Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner at the Indianhead Resort in Lincoln, NH, on Sunday, March 15.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – If it seems like it's already gone on for years, we are currently 596 (five hundred ninety-six) days away from the election that will determine the next president of the United States of America. But we are only one day away from the first official hat getting tossed into the 2016 ring by one of the many who been circling it, and the Houston Chronicle reports that it belongs to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Unnamed senior advisers say the Republican will announce his candidacy tomorrow, skipping right past the exploratory committee fun (looking at you, Jim Webb) and going right for the hat-tossing. More unnamed sources confirm the pending announcement to the AP, which notes Cruz will likely be soon joined by the likes of Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. And if 2016 doesn't work out for Cruz, he'll keep his current day job until 2019.