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Tomorrow Is Primary Election Day

Updated: Monday, May 28 2012, 08:18 PM CDT

Tomorrow voters go to the poll in the delayed Texas primary.

Voters are deciding nominees from both parties in several federal races including President, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress.  President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have their nomination wrapped up so the closest races are the U.S. Senate and several Congressional seats.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz and Tom Leppert are the main contenders for the U.S. Senate Republican nomination.  Paul Sadler is the frontrunner in the Democratic primary.

Seven Congressional districts make up Central Texas with five in Travis County because of redistricting. The closest races are the Republican District 25 race with 12 candidates, both the Democratic and Republican races for District 27 and the Democratic race for District 35.  Democrat Bastrop County judge Ronnie McDonald is running in District 27.  Long time Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett is running in the newly drawn District 25 which now runs all the way to San Antonio. To see the new district, go to http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/redist/redist.html and click on Plan C235.

The State Senate District 25 race for the Republican nomination has turned nasty between incumbent Jeff Wentworth and Elizabeth Ames Jones.

In county races, Travis County is selecting nominees for District Attorney, Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector and three county commission seats.

The biggest Williamson County race is the Republican nomination for District Attorney with current DA John Bradley facing current County Attorney Jana Duty.

This year’s primary election date comes after months of legal disputes over the new redistricting maps forced a Federal court to postpone the elections from early March to late May.  Low turnout could mean as few as 740,000 people could decide who wins. But a runoff could cut that number in half if people don't vote.

See sample ballots at http://weareaustin.com/news/features/politics/stories/vid_69.shtml.Tomorrow Is Primary Election Day


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