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Combs to retire, sparking scramble for comptroller in 2014

By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

State Comptroller Susan Combs, an Austin Republican who contemplated a run for lieutenant governor in 2014, instead announced Wednesday that she will retire from elective politics when her term ends in 18 months.

The sudden vacancy in one of the big six statewide offices set off a flurry of announcements by would-be successors and other Republicans testing the waters, including several members of the Legislature and a former gubernatorial candidate — with no clear front-runner for the moment.

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