Texas primary elections will decide Republican lieutenant governor candidate

Alyssa Mahoney

Tuesday night, the four-way race for the Republican lieutenant governor campaign will be decided and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, will presumably become their parties’ gubernatorial candidates. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, is running unopposed to be the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. 

Voting locations in Travis County will open at 11 a.m. because of weather concerns that also delayed classes for the University. 

According to UT-Texas Tribune polling data, the Republican lieutenant governor race will be a close one. Incumbent David Dewhurst polled at 37 percent, while state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, polled at 31 percent of the vote. Lagging behind were Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. To win, a candidate will need 50 percent of the votes.

The general election will take place Nov. 4.