Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Election 2010 Already Getting Interesting

Former Texas Comptroller John Sharp announced this week announced that he is in the running for the U.S. Senate seat that Kay Bailey Hutchison is expected to vacate as early as June 2009 to pursue her run for governor.

Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams announced this week that he also intends to join the Republican primary race to replace U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Williams' announcement was largely eclipsed by former Texas Comptroller John Sharp’s announcement. Williams, a car dealer, was widely considered to be a likely candidate for Texas Governor race in 2010.

Since 2006, speculation has mounted that Hutchison would abandon her safe senate seat to take on Governor Rick Perry in the 2010 GOP Primary for Governor. Hutchison toyed with the idea of making a similar run in 2002 and 2006 and ultimately made neither race. This time, however, she seems to be making the race for real, having formally formed an exploratory committee and populated it with a million dollars from her very substantial "senate" campaign war chest and taking an "exploratory" campaign tour of south Texas last August.

Speculation has focused on potential runs by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Tony Garza and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination to replace Gov. Rick Perry. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza has ruled out the possibility of running for Texas governor in 2010. Gov. Rick Perry said in April 2008 that he will run for re-election in 2010, possibly setting up a bruising primary battle with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Next question is who will step forward as the Democratic candidate for the governor's office and the U.S. Senate seat that Kay Bailey Hutchison leaves open. Did everyone save their Rick Noriega yard signs?

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