The nation’s midterm election season kicks off today in Texas where Democrats are hoping to flip some seats in an effort to turn the state blue in November.
Nearly a million Texans voted early in the Texas Primary, and those living in the 15 most populous counties shattered previous midterm primary election records.
The figures show Democrats eclipsing Republicans 465-thousand to 420-thousand during the early voting period.
Eighteen Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination for the 21st congressional district seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Representative Lamar Smith. The Democrats have four candidates for that office on the ballot.
Republican Congressman Will Hurd is being challenged by Alma Arredondo-Lynch in the race for the GOP nomination, and five candidates are fighting it out on the Democratic ballot.
One of the hottest local races in Bexar County is between District Attorney Nico LaHood and his heavily-funded challenger, defense attorney Joe Gonzales. The winner will face Republican Tylden Shaeffer in November. Shaeffer is unopposed in the GOP primary.
Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo has two challengers as he seeks a 10th term. Queta Rodriguez and Mario Bravo each are hoping to unseat the 82-year-old commissioner in the Democratic Primary.
Another high-profile race is in Sate District 122 where Republican Representative Lyle Larson is trying to fight off Hollywood Park Mayor Chris Fails. Governor Abbott has endorsed Fails and has attacked Larson in campaign ads, calling him a liberal.
Larson says his record as a former city councilman, county commissioner and current state representative proves that he’s a conservative. Larson claims the governor’s endorsement of Fails is in retaliation for an ethics reform bill that would prevent the governor from appointing large campaign donors to state boards and commissions.