The Houston Chronicle reports today that Tom DeLay will ask that his name be removed from the November 7th ballot.
Texas Law allows him to do this, but the Republicans cannot select a replacement to be placed on the ballot. The Republican Primary which Tom DeLay won did that, and the will of the voters cannot be overridden.
The Republican will instead run a write-in candidate. This is a real longshot. They aren't going to let the Democratic candidate Nick Lampson have the seat by default, but this is pretty much the next best thing.
Next we will wait to see who the Republicans run and how much money that candidate can raise. The sources will be especially interesting. Currently Lampson has about $2.2 million on hand with which to run the race.
Tom DeLay must stay on ballot for Nov.
This post includes links to all my previous posts on the subject of the DeLay reelection effort.