It is not exactly clear if or when Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will resign her senate seat as she promised.
However, it isn't stopping those who have their eyes set on her chair.
Former Secretary of State Roger Williams is among those getting ready for the possible opening.
Others who have expressed interest include fellow Republicans Michael Williams and Elizabeth Ames Jones, both railroad commissioners.
So far one Democrat, former State Comptroller John Sharp has said he too will run.