The Senate

Campaign junkies still suffering post-November withdrawal are about to get a rush from a Texas free-for-all. Governor Ann Richards guaranteed a wide-open race on Jan. 4 by appointing Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger to fill the Senate seat of Treasury Secretary-designate Lloyd Bentsen. Krueger, a Shakespeare scholar and former moderate House member, will face a vicious struggle just to make it into a runoff in a special election this spring. One likely challenger: former Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox, a fiery populist who is Richards' archenemy--and who has earned a reputation as one of the toughest campaigners in the nation.

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