AUSTIN, Texas — When Gov. Rick Perry announced his bid for the presidency last year, dozens of Republican politicians calculated possible career opportunities.
The governor has held the state's top office for 12 years. That has denied other Republicans a chance to move up the ladder.
Now that Perry has dropped out of the presidential race, Texas politicians are readjusting their plans for 2014. Perry says he will remain in politics, but some question whether Republicans want to keep him in office until 2019.
If there is an heir apparent to the governor's mansion, it is Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who announced this week that he has amassed $12 million campaign funds.
Other statewide officials are watching the U.S. Senate race to see if Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's job comes open.