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Early voting starts for Texas primary runoffs

Voting in the 2024 primary runoffs has begun, as the early voting period opened on Monday.

Across the state, there are 28 federal and state races on the runoff ballot. The most notable congressional runoffs are for the 12th Congressional District and the 23rd Congressional District, and the state headliner is in House District (HD) 21 between Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) and challenger David Covey.

In the 12th Congressional District, state Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) faces John O’Shea, a longtime ally of Attorney General Ken Paxton. Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23) faces internet celebrity Brandon Herrera in the other high-profile federal race in a district that stretches from San Antonio all the way out to the edge of El Paso.

Elsewhere, the most notable runoffs for the Texas Legislature are:

Senate District 15 – state Sen. Molly Cook (D-Houston) versus state Rep. Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston)

SD 30 – Brent Hagenbuch versus Jace Yarbrough

HD 1 – state Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) versus Chris Spencer

HD 12 – Trey Wharton versus Ben Bius

HD 29 – Jeff Barry versus Alex Kamkar

HD 30 – Jeff Bauknight versus A.J. Louderback

HD 33 – state Rep. Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) versus Katrina Pierson

HD 44 – state Rep. John Kuempel (R-Seguin) versus Alan Schoolcraft

HD 58 – state Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) versus Helen Kerwin

HD 61 – state Rep. Frederick Frazier (R-McKinney) versus Keresa Richardson

HD 64 – state Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Denton) versus Andy Hopper

HD 80 – Cecilia Castellano versus Rosie Cuellar

HD 91 – state Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) versus David Lowe

HD 97 – Cheryl Bean versus John McQueeney

HD 146 – state Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) versus Lauren Ashley Simmons

To see if any race is on your ballot, visit here.

Voters who cast ballots in a respective party’s primary may vote in the runoff election, but those who voted in the opposite party’s primary may not cross over for the runoff; anyone who did not cast a ballot in the primary may vote in either runoff.

Anyone at or above the age of 65, any voter who is disabled, and anyone out of their respective county during the election may vote by mail.

There’s plenty at stake in this runoff, providing the conclusion on the bloody and bruising March primary election that sent shockwaves across the Texas political scene.

Early voting concludes on Friday, May 24. Polls open on Election Day, May 28, at 7 a.m.

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