Kay Bailey Hutchison isn't running for Senate...will she be the only one not to?
Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced that she will not run for re-election. She's been a solid Senator. I believe her when she says she's not running, but then I believed the last 10 KBH announcements too, so...
This should be a fun scramble. Conventional wisdom puts Dewhurst as the favorite, but I'm not sure I agree with that. It probably doesn't help him that Senator Hutchison announced that she wouldn't run at the very beginning of the legislative session. Not only does that complicate his session, but it means everyone else can start fundraising now, thus reducing his self-funding advantage.
Elizabeth Ames Jones, Roger Williams, Michael Williams, Dan Patrick, Florence Shapiro, Tom Leppert and Ted Cruz are the names I've heard right out of the gate. Most of them will run. Interestingly, none of those names are in Congress, and I bet at least one Rep will decide to jump in before it is all over.
I have some favorites and some not-favorites, but I'll wait to see who runs before I decide who to support.
As for Democrats, I believe Bill White when he said no a month ago. He doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would change his mind. I guess that leaves John Sharp, who would start as a pretty big underdog against any of the prospective candidates, especially with Obama leading the ticket.
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