ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, plans to announce this morning that she plans to stay in the Senate, despite a pledge to resign her seat regardless of whether she won or lost the primary for governor, a Republican source tells ABC News.
Hutchison has scheduled a press conference for 10 am CT in San Antonio, where she’ll appear with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
She has been encouraged to stay on by local and national Republicans — who are eager to hold on to their 41-seat minority in the Senate — and many observers expected Hutchison to reverse course on her resignation pledge after the primary was through. She lost the primary race to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, by a wide margin earlier this month.