Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) “has announced he is considering running for Senate in 2012, and is likely the top candidate in the newly open race to replace Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison hours after she announced her retirement,” Roll Call reports.
“I fully intend to explore running for the United States Senate, and should I run, I will run with the intention of winning and continuing to serve the people of Texas just as I have done throughout my career,” Dewhurst said in a statement Thursday.
The size of the GOP primary field may be directly tied to whether he runs. Republicans are expecting a large number of candidates, but Dewhurst’s personal wealth, four statewide elections and home in Houston’s Harris County, the largest in the state, gives him the early edge.
Other names “in the Republican mix include Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Rep. Joe Barton, Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones and former Secretary of State Roger Williams.”
On the Democratic side, former “state Comptroller John Sharp and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Bill White are currently the only two names being floated.”
White said Thursday he will not run.