2014 Primary Elections is Tuesday

March 2, 2014 9:43:53 PM PST
Early voting for the 2014 primary ended Friday but the polls open again a little more than 30 hours from now. And there's a lot on the line.

When you head to the polls on Tuesday you can vote Republican or Democrat, though voting on the GOP ticket will get you a lot more options this time around.

"The Democrats don't have much action in their primary, but they have a pretty good lineup statewide with Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte running for governor and lieutenant governor. They're underdogs," said KTRK political analyst Dr. Richard Murray. "The state is still a pretty darn strong Republican state."

It's strong enough that this go around there's a log jam of Republicans seeking elected office for statewide seats.

"You've got 34 people running in the Republican primary 8 or 10 of them are buying a lot of ads on this station. There's a lot of money being poured in because you've got five open statewide positions," Dr. Murray said. "The action is on the Republican side because you've got this huge turnover in our state leadership, Governor Perry is retiring, Controller Combs is retiring and only David Dewhurst is trying to hold onto his job."

And that race, the one for Lieutenant Governor seems to be the feistiest in 2014.

"We've got four major candidates running and they're spending a lot of money and they're not going to get it done March 4th. Two of them will advance to a runoff 84 days later," said Dr. Murray.

That's a long time close to three months of additional campaigning for that spot and for the one to replace Representative Steve Stockman, who's vacated his east Harris County seat in congress to run the U.S. Senate against John Cornyn.

There are 12 Republican candidates running for Congressman Stockman's seat, virtually assuring a runoff.

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