By ALAINA URBANTKE
Texas held its first primary election on March 4th. The successful candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties will proceed to the general election November 4th.
The democratic primary for the US Senate will occur May 27th in a runoff election. David Alameel (D) received 47.1% of the vote. Kesha Rogers (D) only received 21.7%. Alameel is an Army veteran, dentist, and business man from Dallas that based his platform on Wall Street reform and domestic job growth. Rogers became controversial for her desire to impeach President Obama.
A majority of the total vote, over 50%, is needed to win the primary outright.
The Republican ballot featured Senator John Cornyn (R), a two-time incumbent and Majority Whip, received 59.4% of the vote against seven other Republican candidates.
State Senator Wendy Davis (D) received 79.1% of the vote in the gubernatorial race. Davis gained notoriety when she held an 11-hour filibuster to prevent a bill that added restrictions to abortion rights in Texas. She has raised $4,000,000 since she announced she would run for governor in October 2013, according to texastribune.org. Attorney General Gregg Abbott (R) collected 91.5% of the vote in his primary, a landslide win. Abbot has maintained a strong judicial presence in Texas. He has a private practice and has served as a state trial judge. He later became an associate judge for the Texas Supreme Court. He has raised $30,000,000 since he announced his run in 2011.
The Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor will also be decided in a runoff election. Senator Dan Patrick (R) received 43.3% of the vote while incumbent David Dewhurst received 27.3%.
State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D) was the sole candidate in the Democratic primary, winning over 450,000 votes.
The list of seats for the 2014 general election includes Governor, U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, 36 House seats for Texas, and various judicial positions. A comprehensive list of seats can be found at www.sos.state.tx.us under the tab “Elections Information” and the link “Offices Up for Election in 2014.”
In order to vote in Texas, residents must obtain a vote registration card. Applications for registration may be found at voter registration drives or a county voter registrar’s office. The voter must be registered at least 30 days before the upcoming election to be eligible.