Republicans in Texas are still jockeying for early position in the race to succeed to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), but a former president is already making his choice known.  

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Former President George H.W. Bush will endorse former Texas Secretary of State Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsThe Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill Overnight Finance: Freedom Caucus chair courts Dems on tax reform | House passes .5B disaster relief package | House GOP worries about budget's fate in Senate 69 Republicans vote against aid for Puerto Rico, other disaster sites MORE at an event Monday afternoon.

The endorsement is an early boost for Williams, who has been running for the Senate seat for the better part of two years, and is likely to face a crowded Republican primary. 

The former president has remained active in Texas politics and is a longtime supporter of Hutchison. He endorsed Hutchison during her primary challenge to Gov. Rick Perry (R) this past year. After losing to Perry in a primary last fall, Hutchison announced last week that she would not seek reelection in 2012.  

Along with Williams, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is expected to enter the contest and Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R) is seen as an early favorite of some Tea Party activists in the state.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) talked up the potential candidacies of Michael Williams and former Solicitor General Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R) in an email to supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund last week.