Lobbyist: Efforts Afoot to Get Candidates to Drop Out

Updated, 5:10 p.m.: 

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.

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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 will ...

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