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State's top offices on Tuesday's runoff election ballot


Voters head back to the polls Tuesday, casting their ballots in statewide runoff elections.

High profile positions such as Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General are on the ballot Tuesday, along with a number of other statewide and house offices.

In recent election on the national scale, Tea Party candidates have not fared well; however, experts in Texas expect the opposite to be true in Tuesday’s statewide races.

In the Lieutenant Governor’s runoff, the incumbent of 12 years, David Dewhurst, faces Tea Party backed Dan Patrick. Patrick defeated Dewhurst 41 percent to 28 percent back in the March primary.

For Attorney General, Tea Party favorite Ken Paxton beat his competitor Dan Branch by 11 percent. Paxton hopes to hold most of that margin in Tuesday’s election, though he has lost a number of endorsements in recent weeks due to a business violation that resulted in a $1,000 fine by the State Securities Board.

Perhaps the most unusual race is one for the U.S. House. Representative Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the House at 91 years old, is facing former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe in a runoff for another two years as representative for congressional district four. That district stretches from Rockwall to Texarkana, and includes the East Texas communities of Sulphur Springs, Mount Pleasant and Pittsburg, among others.

In this race, the Tea Party endorsements appear to have less weight, as Hall pulled out a 16 point win over the grassroots-backed Ratcliffe in March’s primary.

Polls open across the state at 7 A.M.

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