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U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Cruz’s income increased almost six-fold between 2006 and 2010 according tax returns Cruz released Friday.

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For the first time last night the top five GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate met to debate. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports sparks occasionally flew as the state’s former solicitor general took aim at the Lieutenant Governor.

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A Republican and a Democrat, each with some name recognition, have entered the race to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the biggest buzz surrounds broadcaster Craig James.

The sole major Democratic candidate to replace Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has dropped out of the race.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ric Sanchez made the announcement via email late Friday afternoon.

While the Republican field to replace Hutchison is extremely crowded, Sanchez was the only major candidate from the Democratic party. He said pressing personal challenges, including the destruction of his home by fire, forced him to get out of the race.

Hutchison announced earlier this year that she was retiring.

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Ted Cruz

Age: 41
Residence: Houston

Professional/Political Experience: Princeton University; Harvard Law School; Clerk, Chief Justice William Rehnquist; Deputy Attorney General; Director of the Office of Policy Planning, FTC; Texas Solicitor General 2003-2008.

Texas Connection: Born in Canada, raised in Houston; Student speaker for Houston’s Free Enterprise Institution.

Glenn Addison

Age: 51
Birthplace: Pasadena, TX

Professional/Political Experience: Abilene Christian University; Broker, Farmers Insurance; Funeral Home and Cemetery Owner, Magnolia ISD Board Member 1997-2011

Texas Connection: Live in Channelview, Magnolia, New Waverly, Lufkin, Houston and Spring.

Tom Leppert

Age: 57
Birthplace: New York City
Residence: Dallas

Professional/Political Experience: Claremont McKenna College in California; Harvard Business School; White House Fellow;U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors;CEO, The Turner Corporation general building company; Dallas Mayor, 2007-2011

Curt Cleaver

Age: 45
Birthplace: Gary, IN

Professional/Political Experience: National Sales Manager for national hotel chain; President & CEO, Five Star Hotel Management Corporation, Fort Worth,1996-Present.

Texas Connection: Member, Gateway Church, Southlake; Lives in Fort Worth; Texan for 26 years.

David Dewhurst

Age: 66

Residence:  Houston

Professional/Political Experience:  University of Arizona; US Air Force; CIA; State Department; Founder of Falcon Seaboard energy and investment company; Texas Land Commissioner 1999-2003; Texas Lt. Governor since 2003.

Texas Connection:  Born in Houston; Cattle rancher and champion horse rider inducted into Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame 2009

Age: 70

Birthplace: New York

Professional/Political Experience: Professor, Baylor College of Medicine and Dow University, Pakistan; Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, has traveled to 25 countries.

Texas Connection: Has lived in Texas for 35 years; Founder, Agris-Zindler Children's Fund that provides medical and surgical care for Texas children with no insurance or money to pay for healthcare.

Craig James

Age: 51 

Residence:  Dallas

Professional/Political Experience:  Southern Methodist University; New England Patriots football player;  Founder, Craig James School of Broadcasting and Players Communication Network; ESPN Sports Broadcaster; Licensed Commercial Land Broker.

Lela Pittenger

Age: 32

Birthplace: Lubbock, TX

Professional/Political Experience: Austin College; SMU; Admissions Counselor, Austin College; National Sales Manager, PRA Destination Management.

Texas Connection: Raised and educated in Texas.

Democrat Paul Sadler

Age: 57

Residence:  Henderson, TX

Professional/Political Experience:   Baylor University Law School; Texas House of Representatives 1991-2003, Chair of legislative public education committees; Executive Director, Wind Coalition 2008-2012.

Texas ConnectionBorn in Freer, TX; John B. Connally “Award for Excellence in Education,” Just For The Kids Foundation

Democrat Addie Dainell Allen

Residence:  Beaumont, TX

Professional/Political Experience:  Lamar University: Saftey and Health Specialists, U.S.Dept. of Occupational Health and Safety; Department of Homeland Security Employee.

Texas Connection: Born in Orange, TX; Member of Cathedral of Faith in Beaumont; lMeals on Wheels board member

Democrat Sean Hubbard

Residence: Dallas

Professional/Political Experience: University of Texas at Dallas, BA, Government and Politics; Strategy Director, Molera for Congress Campaign, 2002; Worked on Obama Dallas Field Plan 2008.

Texas ConnectionBorn in Austin; Raised in Scurry; Baled hay on grandfather’s farm.