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Texas Primaries Underway, But is the Real Action in a Runoff?

Graphic by Todd Wiseman,Texas Tribune
Poll shows a tight race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, with neither candidate above 50 percent.

According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, the Republican U.S. Senate primary may lead to a runoff election.

The poll of likely voters shows Lt. Governor David Dewhurst leading former Solicitor General Ted Cruz by only nine points, 40 to 31 percent, with neither candidate reaching the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff.

UT government professor Daron Shaw tells the Tribune that "If they're in a runoff, Dewhurst is in trouble,” as the Trib calls 2012 “a year in which insurgent candidates have been scoring big wins against establishment Republicans.” 

Runoff elections are set for July 31.

Here in Travis County, totals are in for the first six days of early voting. So far 13,953 people have cast ballots, with the most popular polling site being the Randalls at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane. Republicans have seen a stronger turnout with 7,364 voters, as opposed to the Democrats’ 6,589.

To find out what you need to vote, visit the Texas Secretary of State website. Below, you can view a map of early polling locations, put together by Burnt Orange Report publisher Karl-Thomas Mussleman. Early voting will continue through Friday, May 25.

View 2012 Travis County Primary Early Vote Locations in a larger map

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