For years, Texas voters complained they didn't have a big voice in deciding Presidential nominees. That has now changed, as the Lone Star State is one of fourteen headed to the polls today. And for the Presidential candidates, there is a lot on the line.
Texas has 228 delegates up for grabs. You need 15% to get some, and U-H's Jacquie Baly says Mike Bloomberg may not get there.
"He's been spending quite a bit of money, but polling shows he hasn't climbed enough to make the threshold," Baly said.
Polling also shows Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden as the top two Democrats. Some polls have Sanders ahead, while other show a tight race. Baly says Biden needed Saturday's South Carolina win badly.
"Biden has had a lackluster performance on the campaign trail, and in a lot of the debates that we have seen," Baly stated.
Naturalized citizens will have more of a voice. They now make up 10% of all eligible voters. Republican strategist Jessica Colon expected this.
"Particularly this cycle; you have millions and millions of dollars being spent on voter registrations," Colon explained.
Which is just one reason why you have a hotly contested Congressional race for Republicans looking to challenge Democrat Lizzie Fletcher.
"Wesley Hunt has been able to raise a lot of money. Cindy Siegel has been trying to balance that with her grassroots support," Colon told KTRH News.
Voting hours are from 7 to 7. Harris County Director of Elections Michael Winn says don't be a last second voter.
"Rush times are lunch times or at the end of the day. If you can, try to get in early," Winn said, adding you need your photo ID to vote.
John Oldham in Fort Bend County said based on what he saw in early voting late last week, there could be some wait times.
"On Friday everybody showed up, and we had lines going until 8 o'clock. That could happen here," Oldham said.