In Texas, the Republican primaries are almost always the de facto elections. The difference with Tuesday's elections is a number of statewide races feature Republican primaries that offer both an establishment Republican candidate and an outside tea party favored candidate. That adds an extra wrinkle to a usually predictable affair.
On the Democratic side, all eyes are on state Sen. Wendy Davis whose win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be seen as an indicator of her chances of beating a strong Republican challenger.
"I would say the only interesting action is on the Republican side because the Democrats are long shots for all statewide offices and the only one who's attracted much attention is Wendy Davis and she has no meaningful opposition in the primary," Southern Methodist University political science professor Matthew Wilson told TPM on Monday.
Below are six points to keep in mind as election results come in.
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