- Court of appeals drops one charge against former Governor Rick Perry
- Trump Tours Texas-Mexico Border
- Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal
- Trump Says Hispanics Love Him
- George Bush Senior Out Of ME. Hospital After Fall
- Abbott Accosted By Traveler Angered Over Gay-Marriage Stance
- Obama Challenges Critics Of Iran Nuclear Deal
- Abbott Orders Investigation Of Use Of Tissue From Abortions
- Local Opponents Of Gay Marriage Vow To Fight On
- Louisiana Gov. Jindal ready to jump into 2016 presidential race
- Abbott Signs Bill To Limit Pollution Lawsuits
- Young Protester Demands Veto Of Texas Budget Measure
- Commissioner To Leave HHSC As Deputy Takes Over
- Clinton: GOP Trying To Make It Difficult For People To Vote
- Perry Announces Presidential Run
- Travis County Gears Up To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
- Like Perry, Abbott Says He'll Leave Texas To Lure Businesses
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- Abbott: Texas Won't Legalize Medicinal Or Recreational Pot
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- 'Open Carry' Bill Heads To Gov. Abbott
- Austin's Top Cop Says Governor Needs To Step In On Open Carry
- Texas Senate Debating Major Open Carry Handgun Bill
- Texas House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse To Marry Gay Couples
- COA Spends $70K On Austin Code Ad Campaign
- Texas Senate Panel Passes Restrictions On Teen Abortions
- Perry Set To Announce Presidential Bid June 4 In Dallas
- Governor Abbott Signs Kari's Law for better 911 Access
- Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Bill In Limbo With Time Running Out
- House OKs Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions
- Austin City Council Denounces Stereotypes In Training Session
- Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Extend Traffic Stops
- Senate Backs Allowing Pastors To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples
- East Austin Could Get Luxury Golf Course
- Committee Votes Against Requiring Scrubbers For BBQ Food Trucks/Restaurants
- Waste Of Time: Texas House Votes To Keep Daylight Savings
- Senate Gives High Sign To Limited Medical Marijuana
- Pot Legalization Bill Clears House Panel
- School Shooting Victims, Families Voice Against Campus Carry
- Petition May Put Fluoridation Before San Marcos Voters
- Senate Votes To Keep Abbott Promise, Scrap Perry Tech Fund
- Abbott at Rally for Charter Schools at Capitol
- Texas House Approves Slicing State Sales Taxes For 1st Time
- Texas House Approves Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
- Texas Pushes Closer To Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
- Employers Warn $15 Wage Will Cause Problems
- Democratic House Technicality Halts 'Open Carry' -- For Now
- Buda May Buy Water San Marcos Doesn't Use
- 11 Year Old Testifies to Pass Suicide Prevention Bill
- Mayor Adler: Change Needed To Address Austin's Problems
Texas Primary Early Voting Begins Wednesday
Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 12:24 PM CST
Democracy's big wheel starts another turn tomorrow when early voting kicks off in the Texas primaries.
Voters will have a chance to select their party's nominees in the races for governor on down to county commissioner. With the expected Republican domination of Texas politics expected to continue through the election cycle, the outcome of several primary contests will all but decide the results of November's general election.
But experts also believe March 4 will formally launch one of the more competitive races for governor the state has seen in years.
To get there though, Attorney General Greg Abbott has to overcome several determined underdogs in his quest to replace outgoing Gov. Rick Perry. Three conservatives insurgent conservatives – Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez, and SECEDE Kilgore – are looking to pull off the historic upset.
Meanwhile, Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis is facing token opposition from perennial candidate Ray Madrigal for her party's nod for governor.
Meantime, all eyes are on an undercard fight – the Republican four-man battle royal for lieutenant governor. Incumbent David Dewhurst is fighting for one last term against State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. It's highly likely neither candidate will win a clear majority in March, pushing the top two vote getters into an April runoff. The victor in this race will emerge to take on State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
The openings at the top of the executive branch have created other hotly contested primaries, some featuring familiar names. Political family scion George P. Bush is running against East Texas businessman David Watts in the Republican land commissioner contest. Democrats will find musician and writer Kinky Friedman beneath ranchers Hugh Fitzsimons III and Jim Hogan on the ballot for agriculture commissioner.
For a complete list of Republican candidates, click here.
For a complete list of Democratic candidates, click here.
For a list of early voting locations, click here.