4/13/2010 7:20 PM
The 2010 primary could be one of the best in recent memory for conservatives. Voters have already retired one of the most liberal Republicans in the House, Rep. Tommy Merritt (RINO-Longview) and could be well on their way to retiring another, Delwin Jones of Lubbock. In HD 83, challenger Charles Perry won all four counties in the district for early vote and has a 2,000 vote lead heading into election day. In Lubbock's HD 84, John Frullo has a narrow early lead over Mark Griffin. This one could be close.
In HD 52, Larry Gonzales won the early vote 2-1 over John Gordon. Business leaders backed Gonzales and viewed him as the stronger candidate against Rep. Diana Maldonado (D-Round Rock). Paul Workman has a narrow lead over Holly Turner in HD 47 (with the winner facing Rep. Valinda Bolton (D-Austin).)
In HD 66, Van Taylor is leading over Mabrie Jackson, by about 800 votes. (Taylor took 58 percent of the early vote.) Rep. Fred Brown (R-College Station) is leading handily over Buddy Winn. And Dan Huberty has a commanding lead over Dr. Susan Curling.
Debra Lehrmann received 53 percent of early votes and is leading Rick Green in the Supreme Court race. Marsha Farney received about 61 percent of early votes over Brian Russell.
On the Congressional side, Bill Flores is leading in CD 17 and Quico Canseco is leading in CD 23.