Will Hutchison Stay or Will She Go?
The senior senator from Texas is set for an 11 a.m. announcement on whether or not she’ll retire from the Senate, setting up what, for now, would be a Republicans-only race to replace her. Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams has been running hard all year in the expectation that Hutchison would either win the gubernatorial primary or retire. Bill White, the Democratic former mayor of Houston, switched from the senatorial to the gubernatorial race out of the belief that the latter was more winnable and 100 percent likely to happen. Hutchison had promised to leave the Senate after her vote was no longer needed on health care reform, so everything points to a retirement, even though the state establishment has been trying to keep her on.
UPDATE: CNN is reporting that she’ll break her pledge and stick around.