This should come as no surprise: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, will throw his hat in the ring as a contender for the White House in the 2016 election. Two of his advisers say he will make the move Monday. Upon his announcement, he will be the first candidate officially in the running.

Politico reported Sunday on Cruz’s scheduled declaration, set to take place at Liberty University in Virginia:

Cruz, 44, will be bypassing the traditional exploratory phase of the campaign — reflecting a calculation that there’s little point in prolonging the process and that in being first out of the gate he can draw attention to himself.

The Texas senator is likely to face stiff headwinds in the Republican primary, with many of the party’s biggest donors throwing their support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and many of the party’s conservative voters getting behind Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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