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Ambitious Texas Republicans Had Better Get Organized for Expensive Federal Races

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Gohmert, above, is one of the top names mentioned as a would-be GOP Senate candidate from the House delegation. The others are McCaul and Hensarling.

Two possible contenders for McCaul’s 10th District are Hegar and state House candidate Mike Schofield. Other Republicans floated former McCain presidential campaign staffer Brian Haley. Even though McCaul lives in Austin, at least one Republican operative was dubious that an Austin-based candidate like Haley could win the seat that stretches to the Houston suburbs.

Some tea-party-type Republicans named state House candidate Matt Rinaldi as a possible successor to Rep. Kenny Marchant in the state’s 24th District.

Possible successors to Rep. K. Michael Conaway in the 11th District are Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, daughter of a former state speaker, and attorneys Brooks Landgraf and Jack Ladd Jr. Republicans also said state Rep. J.M. Lozano is one of the party’s brightest stars, but there is no obvious congressional district for him to run in.

Farm Team is a state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress. The column runs on Thursdays. The next Farm Team will focus on Democrats in Texas.

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