AUSTIN, Texas – Lawyers for the Republican Party of Texas and for the Texas secretary of state's office set the stage Tuesday to keep U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's name off the March 6 GOP primary ballot.

In a hearing Tuesday in an Austin federal courtroom, the state's lawyer said Secretary of State Rolando Pablos would not object if GOP Chairman James Dickey submits a list of primary candidates that does not include Farenthold's name.

The agreement will not be finalized until it is signed by a federal judge.

Farenthold withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term last week amid continuing fallout over the settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit with taxpayers' dollars.

His withdrawal came too late, under state law, to remove his name as a candidate in Congressional District 27.

The GOP took the matter to federal court, saying it should have the right, in certain cases, to exclude a candidate from an election if the candidate no longer wishes to run.

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