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Primary runoff races

The Primary runoff is July 31. According to the Texas Secretary of State's office, registered voters who voted in the Primary can vote in the same Party runoff election. If a registered voter did not vote in the Primary they may vote in either party's runoff election. Eligible Texans who are not registered to vote must register by July 2, 2012 to vote in the July 31 runoff election.

Early voting is July 23-27. 

U.S. Senate Republican

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz are in a runoff battle to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.  During the May Primary, Dewhurst won the most votes of the field of 9 candidates, but not enough to win the nomination outright. 

U.S. Senate Democrat

The Democrats vying for the same post are Paul Sadler, a storied former state lawmaker, and newcomer Grady Yarbrough.  Four candidates competed for the Democratic nomination during the May Primary, Sadler and Yarbrough finished 1 and 2.   

The Republican and Democratic Party runoff winners will face each other in the November General election.

Texas State Representative District 11

Incumbent Chuck Hopson and Nacogdoches attorney Travis Clardy are in a Republican Primary runoff where the winner gets the job.  There is no Democratic challenger.

Hopson describes himself as an East Texan whose family roots run deep.  He says he is a protector of conservative values and names "our children, our community and our conservative values" as his top three priorities.

Clardy describes himself as a small business owner and attorney who will get results for our community.  He says as a conservative Republican he will "work to create a pro-growth environment so local small businesses can create more jobs, hold the line against higher taxes, work to find Texas' solution to illegal immigration, limit the size of government and end unneeded regulations, fight for our water rights."  He believes he can be the voice of change for East Texas.

Hopson led the 3 contestants with 52% of the vote for much of the race.  In the end, Clardy ran a close second and forced a runoff after Hopson could not sustain more than 50 percent of the vote. 

Newly drawn District 11 encompasses Cherokee, Angelina and Rusk counties.

Hear more from the candidates in special reports on KTRE's East Texas News at 5 and10 p.m. on July 16.

Shelby County

District Attorney

Interim DA Kenneth B. Florence finds himself in a runoff race against former DA and Stephen F. Austin State University professor Karren Price.  Only 102 votes separated the two top vote getters in the Primary, with Florence getting 1,177 to Price's 1,075.  The runoff winner will in November go against Democrat Stephen Shires, who did not have an opponent in the Primary.

Hear more from the candidates in special reports on KTRE's East Texas News at 5 and10 p.m. on July 17.

Houston County

County Judge

Erin Ford outpaced the competition during the Republican Primary in the race for Houston County Judge with 1,197 votes.  He will have to do it again in the runoff if he plans to beat Jesse Stephens who came in a close number 2 with 784 votes.  The winner gets job.

Hear more from the candidates in special reports on KTRE's East Texas News at 5 and10 p.m. on July 18. 

Angelina County

Constable, Pct 3

Republican Incumbent Belton Wayne Havard faces challenger Chad Wilson in a runoff match for Angelina County Constable Precinct 3.  Havard was the frontrunner in the May Primary with 780 votes.  Chad Wilson followed with 642 votes in a contest between 5 candidates.

This time the winner takes all.  Democratic nominee William Wade was disqualified after election officials discovered he violated election laws when as a registered Democratic candidate he voted in the Republican Primary.

Hear more from the runoff candidates in special reports on KTRE's East Texas News at 5 and10 p.m. on July 19. 

Constable, Pct 4

The Constable Precinct 4 race was a 3 man contest in the bid for the Republican nomination.  Ray Anthony had the most votes during the May Primary but not enough to avoid a runoff with Mark McLin.  Once the Primary runoff is decided McLin or Anthony will then go on to face Democratic nominee Lazaro "Lalo" Robles, Jr. who won his bid outright with just 9 votes more than his challenger, Mark Carnley.

Hear more from the candidates in special reports on KTRE's East Texas News at 5 and 10 p.m. on July 20.

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