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SC2: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced he would appoint his general counsel Jimmy Blacklock to succeed Justice Don Willett (R) upon his expected Senate confirmation. Willett, whose nomination to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is pending, is up for re-election in 2018. Former Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs) is campaigning for the seat. Abbott said he would support Blacklock’s bid for a full term.

Former Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs) has been campaigning for the seat, assuming Willett’s confirmation, but withdrew following Abbott’s announcement. “I’ll be supporting Jimmy Blacklock,” Green said in a Facebook post. “It’s a win/win because the seat will remain conservative AND I get to continue growing the conservative movement” [emphasis his]. Green said he considered running for the open HD45 seat, but “I just couldn’t get peace that it was where God wanted us.”

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