After U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter announced he would seek reelection as a Democrat, there is talk that his decision could have an affect on the upcoming U.S. Senate race here in Texas.
In January, Kay Bailey Hutchison had this to say to Politico:
With Sen. Specter's switch and Al Franken's (assumed) eventual seating, a Hutchison resignation would no longer result is giving Democrats 60 seats.
So, does that mean Hutchison could resign earlier? At this point, who knows.
But it does mean that the past rationale for her staying in the Senate is no longer so cut and dry. Rick Perry has been able to consolidate and inspire more support among the most conservative of Texas Republicans, the exact group he will need huge support from to win next March's Republican Primary.
Now that Specter has flipped, could Hutchison resign her Senate seat later this year to come home to Texas to focus on reclaiming the once solid lead she held in the polls?