Early Voting Begins


Early voting begins today for the March primaries in Texas and runs through March third. Election day is March seventh.


Independent gubernatorial candidates Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman could benefit if voters don't participate next month.

Each needs more than 45-thousand petition signatures to make the November ballot -- all from registered voters who didn't vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries.

Turnout in Texas primaries is traditionally low.

On the Republican primary ballot, Governor Rick Perry is the heavy favorite against lesser-known opponents Larry Kilgore, Robert "Star" Locke and Rhett R. Smith.

Among Democrats, former congressmen Chris Bell and Bob Gammage and store manager Rashad Jafer are vying for the party nomination for governor.

Other state offices also are on the ballot, and voters in some regions will decide heated congressional, legislative and local races.

Check with your local election office for more information about local candidates on the March seventh ballot, or visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us.