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Early voting is underway for the runoff election next week.
So, who are the candidates you’ll be voting on in the next few days?
In Smith County, as in all others, there will be some statewide races in both parties.
For Republicans, the runoff for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Senate seat has generated a lot of heat, if not
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst surprised pundits by failing to fend off a challenge from former state Solicitor-General Ted Cruz, and now they are neck and neck.
For all the nasty TV ads, the differences in policy here are fairly small.
On the Democratic side, longtime legislator Paul Sadler of Henderson is facing Tyler native and former teacher Grady Yarbrough.
Two Railroad Commission seats are up for grabs, with Greg Parker and Barry Smitherman and Warren Chisum and Christi Craddick vying for 2 of the 3 seats on the powerful Commission.
Chisum is retiring after 24 years in the legislature, and Craddick is the daughter of former speaker Tom Craddick. The Republican in this race is expected to win in November as no Democrat has won statewide in a decade.
Locally, the big race to watch is for Smith County Sheriff.
A heated and at times, nasty runoff race between former ATFE agent Larry Smith and former Game Warden Chris Green has dominated the headlines lately.
Both have passionate supporters including the local Tea Party and Grassroots America groups who have traded charges for the last few weeks.
County Commissioner Terry Phillips is in a runoff with real estate investor Ronnie Pilcher in Precinct 3.
And with the defeat of Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust,  Jim Blackmon and Scott McCauley are in the runoff for the seat.
Finally, in Cherokee County, longtime state Representative Chuck Hopson faces attorney Travis Clardy in the race for the legislature.


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