After Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced she planned to retire, speculation soon began as to who would enter the race. One of the first to enter the race is David Smith, a Libertarian who plans to run as a Republican. In 2010 he ran against Republican Ted Poe in TX-02, earning 11.38% of the vote in a two-way race. His campaign included the active support of several prominent Texas Libertarians, including former gubernatorial candidate Jeff Daiell.
Smith describes himself as a ‘Ron Paul Republican’, so it is interesting that there has been some speculation that Dr. Paul, himself a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and the 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate, may run for Senate as well. There has also been some discussion of Kinky Friedman, a 2006 Independent candidate for Governor, running for the seat, but he currently appears uninterested.