Big Stakes for Brazos Valley Voters

The first votes are just hours away from being cast in what many say is the most critical election of our lives.

Early voting begins across Texas Monday at 8 a.m., and while focus has been squarely on the presidential campaign, the Brazos Valley will have a say in some key races as well.

Click on the link below this story to find out where to vote early and on Election Day.

It has been two decades since a Democrat represented Texas in the Senate, and since May, incumbent Republican John Cornyn has led in polls by double digits. But challenger Rick Noriega has trimmed the lead to seven in the latest Rasmussen poll.

In a recent debate, Noriega called Cornyn's support of the economic bailout bill a "herd mentality." Cornyn said Noriega would have done nothing if he was in the Senate, which is not leadership.

Among five congressional races with area implications, incumbent Democrat Chet Edwards looks to once again regain the Republican-leaning 17th District.

His challenger, Waco businessman Rob Curnock, claims Edwards doesn't represent Central Texas values, and has been a high-ranking member of a Democrat-led Congress that has shown no oversight or leadership.

Edwards touts the millions he has secured for the region, including his alma mater, Texas A&M, and says that funding would not have been possible without nearly two decades of experience in the House.

The other Congressional races in the area feature Republican incumbents against Democrat challengers:

District 6
Joe Barton (I) vs. Ludwig Otto

District 8
Kevin Brady (I) vs. Kent Hargett

District 10
Michael McCaul (I) vs. Larry Joe Doherty

District 31
John Carter (I) vs. Brian Ruiz

A rivalry has been renewed in Brazos County, this time on the campaign trail. As a judge, Rick Davis was reprimanded in 2002 for verbal shots at an assistant district attorney and launched an unsuccessful court of inquiry against DA Bill Turner. Early this year, Davis stepped down as judge to run for the DA spot.

For his part, Davis has expressed regret for how he handled things, and Turner has asked voters not to focus on the past issue.

The Democrat incumbent has been in office for a quarter century and has earned statewide accolades. Republican Davis says two-and-a-half decades is too long, and accuses Turner of ignoring serious felonies.

College Station voters have $100 million in projects in their hands. Major transportation projects, a new fire station, a new community center and a new city hall will all be decided in six propositions. Next Sunday on News 3, we'll go more in depth on these proposals.

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