Hutchison, Cornyn Nix Plans for Leadership Runs

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison won't seek a higher position in Senate leadership after running into opposition from colleagues.

The Associated Press reports the decision affects fellow Texan Senator John Cornyn's hopes of moving up the leadership ladder.

Mississippi Senator Trent Lott last week announced his resignation.

Hutchison had been considered in the running for the Senate Republican leadership's number three position -- conference chair.

But Hutchison today said she'd never decided whether to run for the conference chairmanship, even though she was encouraged to do so.

She's currently in the number four slot -- policy chair.

Cornyn holds the number five leadership job -- conference vice chairman.

Republican aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AP that Hutchison faced a tough race. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and North Carolina's Richard Burr also were interested in the job.