The most watched race might be the one for Attorney General.
In the Republican election, incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton is up against current Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
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Paxton, seeking his third term, defeated a field of three challengers on March 1, but he fell short of the required 50% +1 votes needed for an overall win. He faces securities and violation charges and faces an FBI investigation over allegations of abuse of office and bribery by former employees.
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Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, is the only member of his family to remain in elected office.
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Both men sought the support of former President Donald Trump. Trump supported Paxton and reiterated his support on Tuesday with a statement praising Paxton, writing that he was “bravely on the front lines of the fight for Texas and America against the vicious and very dangerous radical left Democrats and the stupid and clueless.” (Republicans in name only) destroying our country.”
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In the Democratic election, civil rights attorney Rochelle Garza easily led a five-person primary, but didn’t have enough to win outright. She now faces former Galveston mayor and attorney Joe Jaworski.
No Democrat has won state office in Texas since 1994, but this race could offer Democrats their best opportunity of the cycle.
Also at the top of the Democratic ballot is the runoff for the lieutenant governor.
Mike Collier, who was the party’s nominee in 2018, faces State Rep. Michelle Beckley. Collier received more than 40% of the vote in the primary.
The winner will face the two-term Republican nominee, the two-term nominee Lt. gov. Dan Patrick.
In Harris County, approximately 105,000 voters cast their ballots either by mail or early. That is around 4% of the more than 2.5 million registered voters.
Republicans overtook Democrats in early voting by almost 50%. The top race on the GOP ballot is for the Harris County judge.
Vidal Martinez and Alexandra del Moral Mealer were within four percentage points in the primaries, and neither garnered more than 30% of the vote. The winner meets incumbent Democratic Justice Lina Hidalgo, who is running for a second term.
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