By\u00a0Patrick Svitek\r\nU.S. Rep.\u00a0Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, announced Monday he is running for attorney general, challenging fellow Republican\u00a0Ken Paxton, in the\u00a0already crowded primary.\r\n"Texas I am officially running to be your next Attorney General and will enforce the rule of law," Gohmert\u00a0tweeted\u00a0after announcing his campaign on Newsmax.\r\nGohmert announced earlier this month that he would join the GOP lineup against Paxton if he could raise $1 million in 10 days. The 10th day was Friday. Gohmert said in an announcement video that he has \u201creached our initial goal of raising $1 million in order to start a run for\u201d attorney general, though he did not confirm whether he was able to collect it in 10 days.\r\nGohmert is at least the fourth primary opponent that Paxton has drawn. The others include Land Commissioner\u00a0George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice\u00a0Eva Guzman, and state Rep. Matt Krause\u00a0of Fort Worth. At least three Democrats are also running for the job.\r\nThe race has attracted intense interest due to Paxton's legal problems, which include a\u00a02015 securities fraud indictment\u00a0that remains pending. Paxton has also come under FBI investigation over\u00a0claims that he abused his office to help a wealthy donor.\r\nHe has denied wrongdoing in both cases. Gohmert has latched on to those legal issues, warning they could cause Paxton to lose the general election.\r\nGohmert was originally scheduled to announce his decision Friday on Mark Davis' radio show in Dallas, but he never called in and the show went off air without hearing from him.\r\nThis story originally published by the Texas Tribune.