Retiring state House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced last month that he would not seek re-election next year, and speculation immediately began about the moderate legislative leader challenging Gov. Greg Abbott either in the Republican primary or as an Independent in the general election. Yesterday, Mr. Straus quelled such speculation saying that he may eventually consider running statewide but it would be highly unlikely he will do so before the 2022 election cycle. At this point, Gov. Abbott faces little in the way of Democratic or Republican opposition.
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