The AP is citing a piece from Texas Monthly that is scheduled to run in the magazine’s December edition.
"Is it better for Texas for me to leave early and give someone else a chance to start building seniority before the class of 2013? I think it probably is," Hutchison told the magazine.
Hutchison strongly considered running against Gov. Rick Perry (R) in last year’s primary, but ultimately opted to remain in the Senate. His term expires in 2011, and he has not indicated whether he plans to run for reelection in 2010.