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Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams (R) announced Tuesday that he is leaving the Senate race to run for the newly drawn 33rd House district.

“Since the Texas legislature created this new district, I have been approached by countless friends and neighbors who have asked me to run in this new district,” Williams said in a statement provided by his campaign. “This area has been my home and the area in which my businesses have operated for decades. I am both humbled and honored to have such enthusiastic support from the people of this area and numerous community leaders.”

Williams’ announcement sets up competitive GOP primary against another former Senate candidate with the same last name. Former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R) announced earlier this month that he would run for the new, open House seat that includes the southern Fort Worth area.

The GOP primary is already on track to be contentious. In a press release reacting to Roger Williams’ announcement, Michael Williams’ campaign referred to the former secretary of state as “Weatherford Car Dealer Roger Williams” — a not-so-subtle swipe at his new competition.

“Our campaign looks forward to contrasting Michael Williams’ proven lifetime record of consistent, courageous, steady conservative leadership with Roger’s record of self-promotion & personal advancement,” Michael Williams’ campaign said in a statement.

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