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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Texas voters are set to decide who will face off in some high-profile races come November. Tuesday is Primary Day across the state. And if you have not already participated in early voting, it is time to go cast your vote in a number of key races. Click here to find your polling place.

At the top of this year’s list is the Governor’s race, and the expected match between Democratic front-runner, state Sen. Wendy Davis, and Republican front-runner, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. But they have to win Tuesday’s primaries first.

Pundits will also keep a close eye on the power of Sen. Ted Cruz. The Associated Press reported that many candidates who are running for statewide offices have hitched their start to Cruz in hopes of reaching voters. It could have an impact the races of a few Republican incumbents including Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions.

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst could also be headed for a runoff as he faces three challengers.

Meanwhile, voters in Dallas may be asked to sign a petition involving the Dallas Independent School District. Those signing would be showing their support for a change to how the district is run and who is in charge. If the group behind the movement succeeds in their effort, then the Dallas ISD as we know it could go away.

The group, called Support Our Public Schools, wants Dallas ISD to be the first in the state to invoke “home rule.” It would exempt the district from state red tape that, the group said, only holds students back. But others maintain that changes would put district control in the hands of unelected people who can set their own rules and are not accountable to anyone.

There were some tense moments at the voting polls on Monday. Election officials were concerned about whether or not some polling locations would be open on time Tuesday morning after several school districts had canceled or delayed classes due to icy conditions. Election judges could not get to schools on Monday to prepare for Tuesday’s primaries.

Officials thought that everything was under control by Tuesday morning, and no problems were expected at any North Texas polling locations. However, things got off to a slightly rocky start in some places. There were reports of polling sites not opening on time, and the website for Dallas County election information was momentarily broken, greeting users with an error message. Everthing seems to be running smoothly now.

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