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Polls Open for Election Day

Voters across Texas have from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to cast their ballots for the 2012 general election.

Unlike early voting, a registered voter must go to their assigned precinct. Click here to visit the Texas Secretary of State's elections website if you need help finding where you need to go.

News 3 will have coverage of the elections that matter to the Brazos Valley. CBS News begins its special broadcast at 6:30 p.m. KBTX will have cut-ins at :55 and :25 past the hour. Then, 10 at Ten will begin at a special start time of 9:55 p.m. with results and reaction.

In the presidential election, Texas has 38 electoral college votes, the second most of any state. Polls have shown Republican Mitt Romney with a comfortable lead over President Barack Obama. The last time a Democrat won Texas' electoral college votes was 1976 when Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Republican Gerald Ford.

The entire state will decide its next U.S. senator Tuesday with the impending retirement of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Should former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz ends up with a lead like he has had in polls, the Republican would be the first Hispanic senator from Texas. If former Texas House Representative Paul Sadler pulls off an upset, he would be the first Democrat to win a Senate election since Lloyd Bentsen in 1992.

Three U.S. House seats to represent the Brazos Valley are up for election in contested races, as are a pair of Texas House seats and one Texas Senate race.

The City of Bryan is holding its municipal and school board elections Tuesday. Leaders there and in College Station moved their elections from May to November to coincide with general elections. While no council or school board races are contested in College Station, there are nine propositions on the ballot to change the city's charter.


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