5 races to watch in the Texas primaries


Tuesday is primary election day in Texas. Here are five races to watch:

1. Who gets to take on Gov. Greg Abbott? Of the nine Democratic candidates for governor, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston entrepreneur Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White, are expected to finish one and two, the question being who will be one and who will be two, and whether either does well enough to avoid a runoff.

2. Has the Bush name gone from boon to bane? Two Texans named Bush have served as president of the United States. But if Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the grandson of one president and nephew of the other, is forced into a runoff with his predecessor, Jerry Patterson, it will suggest his famous surname has lost its luster.

3. 18 plus 4 equals 21: Well, not usually, but in this case, yes. There are four Democratic and 18 Republican candidates competing to succeed U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, in representing the sprawling 21st Congressional District. Which two Republicans will make an almost certain runoff is anyone’s guess. Among Democrats, can tech entrepreneur Joseph Kopser seal the deal without a runoff?

4. Will this be the last hurrah for state Rep. Dawnna Dukes? The Austin Democrat won re-election last time promising to resign. She stayed, was indicted and then all the charges were dropped. Now, facing five rivals, she has laid low. Does her saga have another twist left in it? We’ll see.

5. Big names in Williamson County judge race: Two familiar names, Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell and Round Rock City Council Member Frank Leffingwell, have traded barbs and accusations since the race for the GOP nomination began.



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