Early voting begins for Texas primaries

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and The Associated Press

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 12:55 PM

AUSTIN -- Early voting is underway for the Texas primary elections.

Voters are choosing who will represent their party in the November general election. The primary ballots include statewide offices, U.S. House districts, Texas House seats and State Senate seats.

The Democratic party has five candidates running for U.S. senator. There are two candidates for Texas Governor, including Reynaldo Madrigal and party favorite Wendy Davis.

Republican voters will face a ballot with more contenders. The Senate race on the Republican ticket includes eight candidates. There are four running for Texas governor, including party favorite Greg Abbott.

However what could prove to be the most contested race for the Republican party is the office of lieutenant governor. Four are facing off including Jerry Patterson, incumbent David Dewhurst, Todd Staples and Dan Patrick. All of whom have served in varying state offices before.

Early voting runs through Friday, Feb. 28. The primary election is March 4.

Any runoff elections will be scheduled for late May. Whoever wins the party nomination will face off against the other party in the general election on Nov. 4.

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