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Texas primary election 2014: What to watch for

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Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in Texas, where a primary season that began with a roar seems likely to end with a whisper when the dust settles on Wednesday morning.

Several conservative primary challengers that entered the race with an early head of steam are expected to come up short in their bid to unseat entrenched Republican incumbents.

But with some marquee races to watch and some familiar names on the ballot, the results on Tuesday should still produce some fireworks that could shape Texas' political landscape in the November general election and beyond....

... Even with the Republican base angry about the debt ceiling and budget deals, or just displeased with Washington generally, Cornyn is on pace to break the 50 percent he needs to avoid a runoff.

... While whoever emerges from the GOP primary would have a relatively easy path to victory in deep-red Texas, their job has been considerably eased by chaos in the Democratic primary, where party bigwigs are scrambling to derail a surging candidate who has advocated for impeaching President Obama and repealing Obamacare.

Kesha Rogers, a Democratic activist and follower of left-wing conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, has called for a reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall act to separate commercial banking from investment banking, she's scribbled Hitler mustaches on pictures of the president, and likened the Affordable Care Act to the practices of Nazi doctors, according to The Hill newspaper.

She's also a leading candidate for Texas' Democratic U.S. Senate nomination....

,,, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and state Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, are expected to win their respective parties' nominations for governor, teeing up one of the most closely-watched (and most expensive) general elections in the country.

Davis, whose star rose among Democrats in Texas and nationwide with her filibuster of an anti-abortion bill last year, has already posted strong fundraising numbers, bringing in $12.2 million in the second half of 2013. But Abbott has been no slouch in that regard, raising about $11.5 million during the same period. And with Texas' conservative tilt, Davis will still face an uphill slog to claim victory in the general election....


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It will certainly be an interesting race to watch, for sure. The state has a long history of Democratic Governors, it doesn't seem, however, that the citizens are likely to go that route today.

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