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Candidates Scramble For Support On Eve Of Texas Primaries
Updated: Monday, March 3 2014, 11:49 AM CST
Candidates are scrambling to shore up last-minute support on the eve of the Texas Democratic and Republican primaries.
Given the GOP's decades-long domination of state politics, tomorrow's vote will all but determine the outcome of the general election in November.
But if State Sen. Wendy Davis wins the Democratic nod for governor – an outcome very few if any observers are betting against – Texas could see the first hint of a competitive battle at the top of the ticket since the sepia-toned days of the Clinton administration. Her presumed opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, will still be the presumed favorite but the matchup will attract national attention along with national money.
Before then however, fans of political fireworks are keeping a hungry eye on the four-man cage match in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
The most recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll suggested the fiery battle for incumbent David Dewhurst's seat will likely go into a May runoff. Dewhurst, State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples would each like to win the nomination outright, but if no one walks away with a clear majority, the top-two vote-getters will advance to the second round. Whoever wins will go on to face State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte who will be anointed the Democratic nominee tomorrow since she never drew a challenger.
On the local level, Democrats will have a tougher choice to make in the hotly contested race for the Travis County Judge nomination. Former County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt is battling Austin lawyer and former Travis County Democratic Party leader Andy Brown to replace the retiring Sam Biscoe.