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Harvey Hilderbran, who won second place in the Republican primary for comptroller, announced late Friday afternoon that he will withdraw from the runoff in the race.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers, including incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, to withdraw from the May runoffs.
In a message sent to clients on Friday, Robert Miller, the chairman of Locke Lord's public law division, wrote that only the "hardcore of the hardcore ...