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From The News-Courier staff—
Early voting got under way this week for the Texas primary election scheduled March 3. It looks like there will be some runoffs necessary between the top two needed on May 26 in two extremely crowded fields.
The battle to replace Rep. Mac Thornberry as the congressman for District 13 will see 15 seeking the position: Catherine Carr, Jamie Culley, Chris Ekstrom, Jason Foglesong, Lee Harvey, Elaine Hays, Richard Herman, Ronny Jackson, Diane Knowlton, Matt McArthur, Mark Neese, Asusena Resendiz, Vance Snider II, Josh Winegarten and Monique Worthy.
Winegarten did get the endorsement of Thornberry.
State Rep. James Frank did not endorse any candidate, but did let it be known that he thought it was nearly impossible for someone who has not lived in the district for a substantial amount of time to effectively understand the makeup of the people who live in the district
Greg Sagan, who received 17 percent of the votes running against Thornberry in 2018, will be one of the Democratic candidates. Also on the ballot will be Timothy W. Gassaway and Gus Trujillo.
There are 12 candidates running for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary: Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda K. Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster, Annie “Mama” Garcia, Victor Hugo Harris, Maryn”MJ” Hegar, Sema Hernandez, D.R. Hunter, Adrian Ocegueda, Cristina Tzinztun Ramirez and Royce West.
Most have never been on a statewide ballot in Texas, and no one has really broken out. The winner will then face Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the general election.
Texas is an open-primary state, so voters can decide every two years whether they’d rather help pick the Republican or the Democratic nominees (or hold out and go to third-party conventions). Whatever primary you decide to vote in, you can only vote in that same party’s runoff, if a runoff is held.