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September 6, 2017      5:02 PM

Updated: Angela Paxton announces for Texas Senate

Sets up what could very well turn into a Collin County civil war in the GOP against Huffines

PLANO – The race to succeed Sen. Van Taylor in the Texas Senate was shaken up today, when Angela Paxton, a guidance counselor and the wife of Attorney General Ken Paxton, announced she is running for the seat.

She faces current Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Phillip Huffines.

Taylor is running to replace retiring U.S. Representative Sam Johnson in Congress. Senate District 8 is a solidly Republican seat in Collin County. But until today, the race was Huffines’ to lose. Especially after other contenders, including Reps. Jeff Leach and Matt Shaheen, ultimately passed and instead announced for reelection.

As the rumor floated during the past few weeks, Reps. Scott Sanford, Jodie Laubenberg, Leach and Shaheen, all from Collin County, pledged their support.

By James Russell

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