Michael Morton’s role in the race for WilCo DA

A point of contention in this year’s race for Williamson County District Attorney is the high-profile wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.

The issue has put current Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley in the spotlight. Early numbers have his challenger, Jana Duty, taking the lead.

YNN’s John Salazar reports on how Morton shaped the race.

Then, YNN’s Chie Saito has more on the Bell County race for sheriff, and more analysis from Jim Henson with the Texas Political Party.

Political analysis: Race for District 35

YNN’s Paul Brown talks with the Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg and statewide political analyst Scott Braddock about the race for District 35.

The restricting fallout earlier this year moved longtime Congressman Lloyd Doggett from many his loyal constituents.

Also hear Kronberg’s and Braddock’s analysis on the race for Hutchison’s Senate seat.

Polls close in less than one hour

Polls for this year’s primary close at 7 p.m. across Travis County.

This particular primary is running a little late. Normally primary elections are held in March, but the redistricting hearing slowed things down this year, landing both the state primary and municipal elections in May.

According to Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, having the election the day after Memorial Day weekend had a negative impact on voter turnout.

"We have seen a nice, steady turnout for today, but I don’t think it is going to break any records,” DeBeauvoir said. “In fact, it looks like it is probably going to be a pretty low turnout.”

By early Tuesday afternoon, about 25,000 people had voted in Travis County, but there’s usually a rush to the polls at the end of the work day. DeBeauvoir said she expects the total number to double by the time the polls close.

At 7 p.m. sharp, all the ballots will be delivered to the city clerk’s office on flash drives, where the votes will be tallied. Early numbers should start rolling in about 8:15 p.m.

Then, Paul Brown shares what to expect as primary night continues.

Race for District 35, political analysis from Jim Henson

YNN’s Karina Kling is with the Lloyd Doggett campaign as they wait for results for Texas’ District 35 seat. Hear how Doggett and his top competitor Sylvia Romo are feeling tonight.

Also, listen to analysis from political strategist Jim Henson.

Primary night in Texas

It’s primary night in Central Texas, and YNN has all the high-profile races across Central Texas covered.

The race is close between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s US Senate seat.

Both candidates are watching the results roll in from Houston, and YNN is there.

Pleased with early voting numbers, Matt Hirsch with the Dewhurst campaign said he went to vote this morning and no one was there day after Memorial Day, as expected. The awkward timing of Election Day is the reason why so many campaigns pushed early voting. While Dewhurst did stay active throughout the day, his campaign didn’t do any phone banking.

Unlike his chief rival, Dewhurst’s top republican challenger, Ted Cruz, had about a half dozen volunteers phone banking well into the afternoon.