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Cruz-O'Rourke hogs the attention, but Texas ballot is loaded

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke has grabbed most of the attention, but Texas has a full slate of candidates on the midterm ballot.

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to cruise to re-election, as are fellow Republicans Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Comptroller Glenn Hegar and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is under federal indictment, but still favored.

All 36 congressional seats are up, and the Democrats are hoping to reduce the Republican' 25-11 advantage, especially with races that could be close in Dallas, Houston and a sprawling West Texas district.

All 150 state House seats are up too, as are 15 of 31 Senate seats - though Republican majorities in each look safe.

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