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Other undecided Texas Republicans include Reps.Pete Olsonof Sugar Land,Ted Poeof
Humble andMac Thornberry of Clarendon. A spokeswoman for Rep.Francisco Cansecoof San
Antonio did not return requests for comment on whether he is still undecided, as he was inOctober.Those who have not made up their minds give varying reasons.“I don’t want to take the fun out of watching the race by picking somebody right now,” saidRep.Blake Farentholdof Corpus Christi. He is leaning toward endorsing Perry, but “you worry he’s not going to be able to pull it off,” he said.RepresentativeKevin Brady of Conroe said he was still anxious to hear the candidates’ ideas onSocial Security, Medicare, tax reform and trade and he has not decided whether to endorseanyone.Lawmakers may be holding on to their endorsements as bargaining chips, or they may be torn between the candidate they favor and the one who seems more likely to win, said BruceBuchanan, a government professor at the University of Texas.The landscape may also reflect something about state politics for lawmakers who find neitherPaul nor Perry palatable.It could be “some sort of allegiance to Texas,” saidSherri Greenberg, the interim director of theCenter for Politics and Governance at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and a former statelawmaker, "with the feeling of, ‘Well, if I’m not going to affirmatively endorse a Texan, I’m justgoing to stay out altogether.’”
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