3 Democrats vying for US Senate nomination

By CHRIS TOMLINSON
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democrats have three top candidates to choose from in the primary race for the U.S. Senate, but their ultimate choice will probably say more about the party's future in Texas than who goes to Washington next year.

Every candidate says they are running to win the general election, but the odds are long. Former state Rep. Paul Sadler, party activist Sean Hubbard and trial lawyer Jason Gibson all insist they have a fighting chance to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison this November.

But Democrats currently hold no statewide office. Democrats know they have a long way to go to regaining relevance in statewide races. Each candidate recognizes they are also running to be the party's statewide leader and could have a role in charting the course forward.

Chris Tomlinson is the supervisory correspondent in Austin, responsible for reporting on Texas state government and politics.