AUSTIN, Texas -- Former state lawmaker Paul Sadler will face political unknown Grady Yarbrough in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat.
Sadler is an attorney who served in the state House from 1991-2003.
Yarbrough is a perennial candidate who has run as a Democrat and a Republican in previous elections.
Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988. The seat is open because Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is retiring.
Sadler has expressed support for President Barack Obama's health care laws, Planned Parenthood clinics and allowing tax cuts for the nation's wealthiest residents to expire.