Hutchison won't resign seat before primary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is challenging Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican primary, plans to announce Saturday that she won't resign her Senate seat until after the March primaries are over.

Campaign officials provided The Associated Press a copy of her prepared speech to Republican women in Galveston on Saturday. In it, Hutchison will say she is stepping down in 2010 regardless of who wins the Republican primary for govenor.

But she says there are too many important issues facing Congress for her to quit this fall as she had planned. The senator says in the written speech that she "will be resigning this Senate seat'' next year. "Make no mistake, this is going to happen,'' Hutchison plans to say.