The Brief: Texas Political News for Dec. 23, 2013

The Big Conversation

Dreams of Texas playing a pivotal role in choosing the next GOP presidential nominee are running through state Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri's head.

He tells the Austin American-Statesman's Jonathan Tilove that key to all this is the national party keeping rules in place that only allow the four traditional states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada from selecting their preferred candidates before March 1, 2016.

Texas is scheduled to hold primary elections on March 1. That means the Lone Star State is positioned to have a meaningful impact on the nomination process ...

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