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Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Democrats Sheryl Cole and Jose “Chito” Vela will move on to a runoff election for Texas House District 46 after pushing out embattled incumbent Dawnna Dukes in the primary on Tuesday.

The district includes parts of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Five Democrats and one Republican are vying to replace incumbent state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, in House District 46, which includes parts of Austin, Pflugerville and Manor.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas has been a one-party state for a long time.

The state was ruled by Democrats for decades after Reconstruction, with only a brief moment of purpleness in the late ’80s-early ’90s before Republicans took over. But, of course, one-party rule is never as simple as just one party in charge of everything. That one party always splinters.


President Donald Trump will address the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning. Trump is expected to double-down on his call to provide concealed firearms for up to a fifth of teachers in schools and personnel  –a response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla. that killed 17 people.

Watch a livestream below courtesy of NPR.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Early voting for the March 6 primaries in Texas started this week. But, if you plan on voting on Election Day, it’s possible you might run into someone at your polling location with the title of “election judge.”

As part of our Texas Decides project, a listener wanted to know what they do and how they got that job.