Texas Senate: Could Ron Paul Run?

Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) “says a new poll that shows him as a top choice among Texas Republicans to run for Senate has him thinking about the race,” The Hill reports.

“It’s certainly crossed my mind,” Paul told The Ballot Box of a potential run for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R-Texas) Senate seat next year.

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“I was surprised,” he said of the poll results, quickly adding that a run for the Senate has crossed his mind several times in the past, “so I don’t know that it means much.”

New numbers “out Wednesday from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Paul was second only to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) among Texas Republicans asked who they want to see run for the seat in 2012.”

The poll found Dewhurst to be the top choice of Republicans, garnering 23 percent support. But Paul was right behind him as the pick of 20 percent of GOP voters.

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The poll also found Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had the support of 14 percent of GOP voters, followed by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) with 7 percent and Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones at 6 percent. No other rumored contenders polled above 3 percent among Texas Republicans.

Update: National Journal has a quote pouring cold water on this idea.

A Senate run “only crosses my mind because people ask me about it,” said Paul, whose son and fellow Republican, Rand Paul, was sworn in as Kentucky’s junor senator earlier this month. “I don’t think it’s a real possibility.”

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