Voting in statewide Texas primary runoffs began Monday statewide.
In Palo Pinto County, there were no local runoff races resulting from March's Democratic or Republican primaries.
Early voting ahead of the May 27 election runs through Friday. Early voting in Palo Pinto County is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palo Pinto County Courthouse, in Palo Pinto, and the County Courthouse Annex in downtown Mineral Wells. The annex will conduct an extended day of early voting this Thursday, with the polling location open till 7 p.m.
The runoffs are for political party races where three or more candidates ran with none receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. Voters who cast ballot in one of the primaries in March can only vote in that party's primary runoff election. An eligible voter who did not cast a vote can vote in either party's runoff races.
Republican voters will decide whether Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who wants to keep the job he's had since 2003, or State Sen. Dan Patrick should advance. Dewhurst lost by 13 percentage points to Patrick in the primary. The winner faces Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio in the November election.
Also on the May 27 runoff ballots in the Republican primary are:
• Attorney General – Dan Branch and Ken Paxton.
• Commissioner of Agriculture – Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller.
• Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton.
On the Democratic primary runoff ballots are:
U.S. Senator – David M. Alameel and Kesha Rogers.
Commissioner of Agriculture – Richard “Kinky” Friedman and Jim Hogan.
Patrick has reported raising more than $4 million in just a couple of months as he tries unseating Dewhurst. The tea party favorite from Houston said Monday that amount encompasses contributions between Feb. 23 and this past weekend.
Patrick reported spending $3.75 million on statewide media advertising and says he has $400,000 in cash on-hand remaining before the May 27 election.
Dewhurst hasn't released his fundraising totals, but promised Monday that "our numbers will be a little bit higher" than Patrick's.
In office since 2003, Dewhurst has in the past spent generously from his personal fortune for his campaigns.