Some Republican leaders Thursday will decide who to back as a write-in candidate to replace embattled former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
The lawmaker from Sugar Land won his March primary, then quit Congress in June -- and said he's moved to Virginia.
Texas GOP chairwoman Tina Benkiser has called for a gathering of all precinct chairmen and women in DeLay's former district.
They'll hear from candidates seeking the party's blessing -- and take a straw poll on who they want to support.
Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace has filed to be a write-in candidate in the district. Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs has said she wants to be the Republicans' chosen write-in candidate.
And Benkiser says Paul Bettencourt, Harris County's tax assessor-collector, and Houston businessman Tim Turner also have said they are interested.
The Democrat in the race is Nick Lampson.