Tea Party, Others Put Texas Senate in Sights

The restricted club that is the Texas Senate will be invaded by noisy conservative voters and activists next year if senators have to choose a new leader from their own ranks.

If Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wins a United States Senate seat or moves into the governor's office after the 2012 elections, state senators will elect one of their own to take his place. If Gov. Rick Perry wins the presidency, his job would go to either Dewhurst or to the state senator who has taken Dewhurst's place.

Either way, it sets up another round of the Republican ...

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