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Candidates battle for votes as primary looms

As Tuesday's statewide primary election looms, candidates across all races are battling for votes - and battling to get out the vote on election day.

According to figures released from Travis County, just 6 percent of registered voters cast ballots during the early voting period that ended Friday. In Williamson County, turnout was slightly higher, at 6.8 percent. That figure is important, because turnout on Tuesday is expected to be low - with the twice delayed primary falling the day after the Memorial Day holiday and with the GOP presidential nomination all but a formality.

The most contentious race, by far, has been the battle for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former solicitor general Ted Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, and former ESPN commentator Craig James are locked in a four way battle, with ads across television and radio heating up.

The GOP primary doesn't have an exclusive hold on the fireworks. Eyes across the state will be keeping an eye on House District 35 - where long-time Austin congressman Lloyd Doggett faces Bexar County tax assessor Sylvia Romo. HD 35 stretches from portions of East Austin, south along I-35 to include portions of San Antonio.

If a candidate fails to win more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will move on to a July 31 runoff.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7am until 7pm. We'll have complete election results as they come in Tuesday night, online at

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Locations : AustinBexar CountyDallasSan AntonioTravis CountyWilliamson County
People : Craig JamesDavid DewhurstKay Bailey HutchinsonLloyd DoggettSylvia RomoTed CruzTom Leppert

05/27/2012 8:27PM
Candidates battle for votes as primary looms
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