Texans are voting. Don't any presidential candidates care?

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With Texans voting in the largest 2016 electoral prize so far, we ask why no candidates are in Texas or even on Texas TV? (KTRK)

Tuesday marked first day of early voting in the lead up to Texas Primary Election Day. But you wouldn't know it from watching your television set.

It's expected that more than half of Texas voters will vote early this year, with the rest heading to the polls on the Texas primary on March 1 -- also known as the so-called SEC primary because the 10 other states holding primaries or caucuses that day that mirror the many states of the Southeastern Conference.

But while all the political press is focused on Nevada and South Carolina, there has been little presidential action in the state and no commercials about the race on Texas airways.

Jeb Bush's Super PAC is the only campaign-related committee that has reserved time on Houston stations.

On Monday, though, two online sources reported the Bush-supporting Right to Rise USA Super PAC postponed the ads until after the results in South Carolina this weekend.

If the PAC stands by its ad orders, its officials will spend more than $1 million here in Houston in the run up to March 1, also known a Super Tuesday.

Even with Texans voting, no candidate has been in the Houston area since late October.

There have been 2,005 presidential candidates' trips around the country, according the National Journal's Travel Tracker.

Only six of them have been to the Houston area since August 1 of last year.

Most of those visits were to raise money.

Experts say it will change and we shouldn't feel left out.

Rice University professor and political guru Mark Jones over at told abc13 it's always this way at this point of the primary.

"By next week, Texans will begin to feel more love, with the candidates traveling to the Lone Star State and airing ads on broadcast TV in the state's major media markets. For about a week, Texas voters will be at the center of the political universe," Jones said.

Bottom line, when you're fighting for your political life in earlier primaries, two weeks is a lifetime.

Some of the Republican candidates may be on the Texas ballot but won't be in the race if they can't do well this weekend in those other primaries. And the Democrats have fights to fight before the Lone Star battle too.
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