DeLay's Replacement

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Republicans Thursday will try to choose a candidate to back in place of former US House Majority leader Tom DeLay.

About 150 precinct leaders of District 22 will meet privately in Pearland to hear from potential write-in candidates.

DeLay won the primary, but quit in June and said he's moved from Sugar Land to Virginia.

DeLay faces trial in Austin on money laundering and conspiracy charges related to 2002 legislative races. He says he's innocent.

The Texas GOP wanted to name a replacement for DeLay on the
November ballot, but court rulings eventually forced him to
withdraw.

The Democratic nominee is Nick Lampson. The Libertarian candidate is Bob Smither.

Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace has filed as a write-in candidate.