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2012: Jonesing for a Senate Race

Republican Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones will officially begin — or revive, rather — her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Tuesday.

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Republican Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones will officially begin — or revive — her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Tuesday.

Jones, a former member of the Texas House, will kick off her campaign with a four-day, 14-city statewide tour that will begin at the Republican Party of Dallas County Headquarters on Tuesday and end at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in Waco on Friday.

"I am running for Senate because our federal government is out of control," Jones said in a statement laying out some of her political positions. "We have to rein in out-of-control spending and debt, ban wasteful pork and earmarks, secure our borders and get government off the backs of businesses so they can grow and create desperately-needed jobs."

Jones is joining a crowded primary field that will likely include fellow Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Secretary of State Roger Williams and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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