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Election date could weaken state's primary election

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

By pushing the Texas Primary Election back to May 29, Smith County Republican Party Chairman Ashton Oravetz says it does weaken the state's republican primary.

But, he also says that with over 150 delegates, Texas could still have quite a bit of momentum. And, with the switch from winner-takes-all election  to proportional election...Texas could benefit.

"We're going to be proportional. So, we're going to have a big impact. Because, if somebody takes say 50 percent of Texas...they're only going to get 50 percent of our delegates," said Oravetz.

LeTourneau University Political Science Professor Paul Kubricht says the Lone Star State's influence is hard to predict with the Texas Primary still  more than two months away.

"If the campaign turns out to be prolonged and it's still hung up and very close...then Texas could come in and have a big, big impact," said Kubricht.

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