Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not seek to serve a fourth full term.
Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas, history took over for George W. Bush in 2000 when Bush was elected President.
Perry's announcement opens the door to speculation that he will make another White House bid in 2016.
Lubbock Republican Party Chairman Carl Tepper said Perry's decision is going to have a huge impact on Texas.
According to Tepper, when a governor vacates a position, there are always people wanting to jump into that seat.
"A lot of those people who do leave to run for the gubernatorial offices tend to leave other state-wide seats, like the attorney general's office, the land commissioners office, the ag commissioners office. So you're going to be seeing a domino effect of other statewide officials, of other state representatives and senators who've been wanting to move up and have some bigger offices. This is their opportunity to go on and run for other things."
Tepper said he believes Attorney General Greg Abbott were to run right now, he would have the advantage because of resources and name-recognition.
He says it's going to be an exciting primary season for the Republican Party and the entire state of Texas.
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