LEAGUE CITY (October 11, 2012)--One of the few competitive Election Day races in Texas is for a seat that hasn't been up for grabs in more than a decade.
Former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Houston, is retiring from Congress after more than 20 years, most of which he spent representing in the 14th Congressional District, where Republican Randy Weber and Democrat Nick Lampson are vying to succeed him.
Weber is a state lawmaker who burnished a reputation as one of the most conservative members in the Texas Legislature while Lampson is trying to return to Congress, and is running as a moderate in a redrawn district that is no longer as firmly Republican.
Paul seldom worried about losing.
He was re-elected with at least 60 percent of the vote his last six tries.