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AUSTIN-- Early voting starts Monday for the May 27 primary runoff election.

There are a number of runoffs statewide, including the GOP race for lieutenant governor.Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick for his party's nomination.

Dewhurst has held the lieutenant governor position since 2003 and lost to Patrick by 13 percentage points in the primary. Neither held the majority, so a runoff is necessary.

The television ads airing during the lieutenant governor campaign attack not only the candidates' policies, including border security, lowering property taxes and expanding school choice, but also their personal lives.

Dewhurst brought up Patrick's bout with depression nearly 30 years ago. Patrick says Dewhurst has spent too much money and accrued a lot of debt.

If you take a look at past numbers, it seems that in a state of 26 million people a small group of voters will decide the winner. Just 1.1 million voted in the 2012 runoff . That's just 8 percent of registered voters and 4 percent of the total population.

The winner of the lieutenant governor runoff faces state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio in the November election.

The early voting ballot in Travis County includes a number of other races.

The Republican side includes railroad commissioner, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture and a leader for Precinct 212 on the county's west site. The Democrat side includes U.S. senator and commissioner of agriculture.

Early voting ends Friday, May 23. Election day is May 27.

KVUE will bring you continuing coverage of the elections.

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