UPDATE: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said this morning she has decided to stay in the U.S. senate for the remainder of her term.
As U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison prepares to announce during a 10 a.m. news conference today in San Antonio whether she stays or goes from the Senate, one Texan who considered running for the seat has already pulled out of the race.
State Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, formally withdrew her candidacy for the 2012 race to fill Hutchison's senate seat.
"The political landscape of American government has dramatically shifted since I announced my U.S. Senate candidacy almost 21 months ago," said Shapiro, who formed an exploratory committee to determine whether she should run.
She said state government is where her focus needs to be.
"To protect Texas taxpayers, I firmly believe we now need an all-hands-on-deck commitment by our state legislature," Shapiro said.
-- Anna M. Tinsley