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Filing Extension for CD-36 Comes With an Asterisk

Incumbents who had already planned to run for re-election will not be able to run for U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman's seat instead, the Texas Republican Party confirmed Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, who filed to run against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Dec. 9, 2013.

While the Texas Republican Party has extended the candidate filing deadline for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, not just anyone will be allowed to join the six-person field.

Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell confirmed Wednesday that state election laws do not allow for someone who had previously filed for a different race to now switch races. That means incumbents who had already planned to run for re-election can't decide to run to represent Stockman's Congressional District 36 instead.

"If a candidate wants to withdraw from a race, they must do so within 24 of the filing deadline which was 6:00 p.m. yesterday," Yeldell said in an email. "It is too late for a candidate to withdraw from any other race."

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