ARLINGTON (AP) – Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams has dropped his U.S. Senate bid and is running for a new North Texas congressional seat.

Williams made the announcement Tuesday in Arlington. The businessman previously sought the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is not seeking re-election next year.

Williams says he’s now running for the U.S. House seat from new District 33, to represent Arlington, south Fort Worth, Parker County and part of Wise County.

The state’s new congressional map adds four seats to reflect population growth.

Another Republican named Williams, former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, last week abandoned his U.S. Senate bid to seek the District 33 congressional seat.

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