Early voting begins for Texas primaries

Early voting begins for Texas primaries

Early voting for the March 6 primary election starts Monday.

There are some important races on the ballot in Texas. Republicans and Democrats are selecting their candidates for the general election in November.

For the United States Congress, there are three open seats in North Texas. The incumbents in Districts 3, 5 and 6 – Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling and Joe Barton – are not seeking re-election.

All of the districts are considered Republican so whoever wins the GOP primary election will almost certainly go on to win the general election.

One of the highest profile state legislative races is the battle between Angela Paxton and Phil Huffines for State District 8.

Paxton is the wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who used to be the state senator from that district. Huffines is a former Dallas County GOP leader and the twin brother of Don Huffines, who is also a state senator in Dallas.

Paxton and Huffines have been running TV ads attacking one another.

In the race for Texas governor, nine candidates are vying to win the Democratic nomination. The candidate with the most cash is Andrew White, the son of former Texas governor Mark White. Another is former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

Republican incumbent Greg Abbott is also facing two little-known opponents.

If none of the Democrats gets 15 percent of the vote, the top two would end up in a runoff election in May.

Early voting continues through Friday, March 2. Election day is Tuesday, March 6.

LINK: FOX 4 Voter Guide