TEXAS | TX-16 | TX-29 | TX-27 | TX-21 | TX-6 | TX-3 | TX-5 | TX-7 | TX-32 | TX-23 | TX-2

Polls Open Until 8 p.m. ET in 2018’s 1st Primaries

There are three competitive races and eight open seats in the state.

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Ally Mutnick
March 6, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET in the nation’s first primaries of the 2018 cycle. The official results page can be found here. Democratic primaries in the three most competitive House seats, held by Reps. Will Hurd (R-23), John Culberson (R-07) and Pete Sessions (R-32) are nearly certain to head to a runoff. Primaries will also narrow the field in eight open-seats, held by retiring Rep. Ted Poe (R-02), Sam Johnson (R-03), Jeb Hensarling (R-05), Joe Barton (R-06), Lamar Smith (R-21), Blake Farenthold (R-27), and Gene Green (D-29), and Beto O’Rourke (D-16), who is running for Senate. (Hotline reporting)

Top candidates in TX-07:
Trial lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D)
Activist Laura Moser (D)
Nonprofit executive Alex Triantaphyllis (D)
Physician Jason Westin (D)

Top candidates in TX-23:
Former federal prosecutor Jay Hulings (D)
Former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones (D)

Top candidates in TX-32:
Former Clinton aide Ed Meier (D)
Former NFL player Colin Allred (D)
Former Agriculture Department appointee Lillian Salerno (D)

“From El Paso to Houston, there are so many candidates running for these nominations that the lift to clear a majority of the vote is near impossible.” Most will be heading to runoffs. “The likeliest to do so is” state Sen. Van Taylor (R) “who has dominated in a three-way Republican primary” in TX-03. “Other possible exceptions are” state Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D), who is running for” TX-29 “and GOP fundraiser Kathaleen Wall (R) “in the nearby” TX-02. (Texas Tribune)

CLOSING SALVO. Moser is out with a closing ad that bashes the DCCC for dropping opposition research on her. Moser: “We have to fix our broken politics and that starts by rejecting the system where Washington party bosses tell us who to choose,” she says in direct-to-camera spot. “This time it’s our turn.” (YouTube)

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