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The Texas primaries for 2014 are set to conclude Tuesday, May 27, but early voting for the runoffs start Monday and is available through Friday.

If you voted in the March primaries, you must vote in the same party in which you previously voted. If you did not vote in March, you are allowed to vote in either party's primary runoff.

STATEWIDE RACES

A Democratic challenger to Republican Senator John Cornyn for November's general election will be decided as David Alameel and Kesha Rogers face off. Alameel is a dentist and businessman. Rogers is a political action committee volunteer.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst fell 13 points back of Republican Dan Patrick, a state senator from Houston, in the GOP primary race for the second highest office in Texas. Patrick came up nine points short of earning a majority of the votes in March, meaning he and Dewhurst head to the runoff to decide who will face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio state senator, in November.

Two runoffs are set in the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. For the Republicans, it will be former Texas House members Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller facing off. For the Democrats, writer and entertainer Kinky Friedman and farmer Jim Hogan are up against each other. Miller and Hogan earned the most votes in their primaries. Hogan's March result shocked many because he didn't attempt to raise campaign money or launch a website.

In the race for attorney general of Texas, Democrat Sam Houston awaits the GOP primary winner. State Senator Ken Paxton of McKinney earned 11 points more than Dallas State Representative Dan Branch in March.

For Railroad Commission, Republicans Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton face off to decide who faces Democrat Steve Brown. Christian outpaced Sitton by 12 points in March.

BRAZOS COUNTY

Brazos County features a pair of runoffs for office. On the Democratic side, Manny Aguilar and Christina Butler face off to decide who goes against Republican Louis Garcia Jr. in November for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4. Of nearly 800 votes cast in the race in March, Butler earned 24 more votes than Aguilar.

In the Republican race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Robbie James and Tommy Munoz go up against each other. Munoz earned 44 percent of the vote in March's four-candidate race to James' 23 percent. No Democrats are running for the office.

In Brazos County, polls will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at five locations: Arena Hall, the Brazos County Administration Building, College Station Utilities' meeting and training facility, Galilee Baptist Church and the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center.

MADISON COUNTY

The Madison County judge seat is up for grabs between Republicans "Butch" McDaniel and Scott Singletary. Singletary earned 32 percent of the vote in March's five-person race. McDaniel earned 28 percent. No Democrats are running for the office.

The Precinct 1 justice of the peace position in Madison County is also being contested, as Republicans Jon Stevens (43 percent of the votes in March) faces Jim Vance (29 percent).

GRIMES COUNTY

In Grimes County, a pair of incumbent Republican commissioners earned the most votes in March, but face May primary runoffs. For Precinct 2, incumbent Randy Krueger faces David Dobyanski. For Precinct 4, incumbent Pam Finke faces Gary Husfeld.

ROBERSON COUNTY
A pair of Democrats are vying for Robertson County Commissioner Precinct 4. Robert Bielamowicz, the incumbent, is in a runoff with James Taylor, who led the incumbent by seven points when voting was done in March.

Two Republicans are looking to win the GOP nod for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3: Melanie Green and Ray Matthews. Green had a 26-point lead in March's voting.

WALKER COUNTY

Incumbent Walker County Commissioner for Precinct 4 Tim Paulsel earned six fewer votes than Jimmy Henry in March's three-person Republican primary. The two face off in the runoff with the seat on the line.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

The Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 position will be decided on the Republican side. Bill Kendall and Robin Luedtke made it to the runoff, with Luedtke earned five percent more votes than Kendall in March.


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