Last minute calls are being made, hands are being shaken and babies are being kissed.
Tomorrow is election day.
Parker County voters will join voters across Texas Tuesday in picking both major party nominees for political leadership at both the state and local levels.
Polls open a 7 a.m. Tuesday at 43 precinct sites in Parker County, and votes may be cast until 7 p.m.
A total of 10 candidates, seven Democrats and three Republicans, are seeking to become Texas’ new governor.
Incumbent Rick Perry is battling Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina for the GOP nomination, while Former Houston Mayor and hair care mogul Farouk Shami are the Democratic front-runners.
Parker County businessman Mike Brasovan is also on Tuesday’s ballot, taking on long-time GOP congressional incumbent Kay Granger.
Locally, ballots feature contested races for county commissioners and justices of the peace in both Precincts 2 and 4, and county judge.
In addition, Republicans have the opportunity to voice their support for five non-binding resolutions ranging from the public use of the word “God” to requiring sonograms for women seeking abortions.
Voter turnout is expected to be high, especially in the Republican primary.
In fact, if the opening days of early voting are an indication of the volume of votes to be cast, this year’s election could see record-setting numbers.
According to Texas Weekly, the Texas Secretary of State’s count of early voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties reported 40,492 people voted in the first two days of early voting in 2006. In the first two days of 2010’s early voting period, more than 87,000 ballots were cast.
“Republicans and Democrats are both turning out more so this year than in 2006, but Republicans, at least on the surface, seem more intrigued with their choices than Democrats,” said Texas Weekly’s Julian Aguilar in a Feb. 19 online column. “The GOP voters accounted for 58 percent of the early voters in the 15 counties. Last time around they were 46 percent of the voters on the first two days.”
According to the office of Secretary of State Hope Andrade, about 1.1 million Texas voters turned out for the 2006 primary for governor. More than 12.5 million were registered to vote that year.
“Voting is an important part of being a Texan,” Andrade said. “I hope that my fellow Texans will join me in participating in this great democratic process.”
Parker County polling places open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for party primaries
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Living up to his name
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Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose
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DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths
Marriages and deaths recorded from July 9, 2014, to July 15, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.Continued ...
Master Gardener training orientation dates set
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Soulis named to Dean’s List at Washington University
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CASA - Hope for Children unveils new website, videos
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Sports writers tag Gough First Team
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Sports in brief - July 23, 2014
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys waived defensive tackle Chris Whaley and signed receiver Dezmon Briscoe and tight end Dallas Walker on Monday.Continued ...
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For love of the run: Long-tenured Mach I Track Club sends four to national meet
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Parker County Peach Food Contest winners
Several home cooks were crowned during Saturday’s Peach Food Contest, an outlet of the 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival.Continued ...
New pastor named to First United Methodist Weatherford
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FUMC honors retiring Rev. Glenn Jones
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Earls named state pageant finalist
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Katherine Faye Daniel Brown
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Kelley Ann Aylesworth Queen
Kelley Ann Aylesworth Queen, 54, died of natural causes on July 13, 2014.Continued ...
Maggie Curtis passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the age of 80.Continued ...
Charles M. Linehan
WEATHERFORD — Charles M. Linehan, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.Continued ...
Lyndia Faye Bullock
FORT WORTH — Lyndia Faye Bullock, 66, beloved mom, granny, daughter, sister and friend, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at home with her family.Continued ...
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PASTOR POPHIN: The joy of unity in church
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