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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A special election to replace longtime Texas state Sen. Robert Duncan of Lubbock will be held Sept. 9.

Duncan is leaving the Legislature after more than two decades to become chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. His successor will fill the remainder of his term that expires in 2017.

State Rep. Charles Perry has already signaled that he'll run for the Senate seat. All candidates must file with applications with the Secretary of State no later than Aug. 1.

Duncan's absence will be among many changes in the Senate when lawmakers reconvene in January. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will no longer preside over the chamber after losing his bid for a fourth term.

Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, also won't be returning.

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