Eyes on GOP as Texas holds nation's 1st primary


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is holding the nation's first primary, and Republican are running right despite Democrats calling the state the next big battleground on the electoral map.

This year will be Republican Gov. Rick Perry's last of a record 14 years in office, and his looming exit has set off a scramble resulting in the most open statewide races in a decade.

The race for Perry's successor is already all but set. Both Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott are their party's presumptive nominees for governor.

Although most of the competitive primary races are on the Republican side, Davis' bid for governor headlines a roster of underdog Democrats girding instead for the Nov. 4.

Another blast of winter weather is delaying the opening of some polling sites Tuesday.

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