(CNN) - The 2016 presidential campaign began for
Foregoing the typical step of forming an exploratory committee, the Texas Republican announced his run for the White House.
Cruz is the first person to do so - among both Republicans and Democrats - in what is expected to be a crowded race.
Cruz released a campaign video overnight via Cruz's Twitter account.
"It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again, and I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight," Cruz's said in the video.
He's the first major party candidate to announce a 2016 presidential bid, but he won't be the last.
A recent CNN/ORC poll gauged the support among 13 potential Republican candidates - with Cruz near the middle of the pack.
"He likes to use the word populist, grassroots, - you know, regular folks, certainly not the donor class. That's not generally what he's been courting," said Brian Morgenstern, Republican political strategist. "He's running in a lane that is really for the grassroots activists to try to jump on board."
The first-term senator from Texas has quickly made a name for himself in Washington. In 2013, he gave a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor, punctuating a conservative fight against Obamacare that resulted in a 17-day government shutdown.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices to start the work week.
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.33 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 12 cents from a week ago but $1.19 less than last year at this time.
, which was $2.42 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from a week ago and $1.10 less than a year ago at this time.
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, Akron and Toledo had the lowest average Monday at $2.31 per gallon.
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