Here's Who's On The Primary Ballots For Statewide Races
If you want to help pick Democratic and Republican candidates for the November elections, it's time to head to the polls.
Over the last few weeks, KUT has been trying to help you figure out what's on the ballot. We've posted information on Central Texas races in the U.S. House, state House and state Senate on our website.
Now, let's run down what statewide races you'll see when you head to the polls.
It's re-election time for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The former, and expected to be future, GOP presidential candidate will face a crowded – but largely unknown and underfunded – field in the Republican primary:
- Bruce Jacobson Jr.
- Mary Miller
- Geraldine Sam
- Stefano de Stefano
On the Democrat side, El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke holds the fundraising- and name-recognition edge against two opponents: Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough.
In 2014, then-Attorney General Greg Abbott replaced Gov. Rick Perry, after he decided to not seek re-election in order to launch his second presidential run. While Abbott does have two challengers for the GOP nomination, he's not expected to have much trouble making it to the November ballot. He's up against Barbara Krueger and SECEDE Kilgore.
Democrats have a more crowded field, with nine people running:
- Cedric Davis Sr.
- James Jolly Clark
- Joe Mumbach
- Adrian Ocegueda
- Jeffery Payne
- Lupe Valdez
- Tom Wakely
- Andrew White
- Grady Yarbrough
Two candidates, Lupe Valdez and Andrew White, are expected to easily distance themselves from the pack.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is gunning for his second term in office. He'll face a single challenger, Scott Milder, in the GOP primary. There are two Democrats vying to represent the party in the fall Mike Collier and Michael Cooper.
Incumbent Ken Paxton and eventual Democratic challenger Justin Nelson are unopposed in their primaries.
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Incumbent Glenn Hegar has a clear path to the November ballot. There are two Democrats fighting to challenge him: Joi Chevalier and Tim Mahoney.
The current land commissioner, George P. Bush, and the commissioner he replaced, Jerry Patterson, will face off in the primary against two other Republicans: Davey Edwards and Rick Range.
There are two Democrats running in the primary: Tex Morgan and Miguel Suazo.
Commissioner of Agriculture
Incumbent Sid Miller made headlines during his first term for posting fake-news stories and offensive memes on social media. Those actions, along with allegations that he used state travel for personal reasons, brought a couple of challengers to the GOP field: Trey Blocker and Jim Hogan.
Kim Olson is the only Democrat running.
One of the three railroad commissioners is up for re-election this year. Incumbent Christi Craddick will take on Weston Martinez in the GOP primary. There are two Democrats running, Roman McAllen and Chris Spellmon.