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Amarillo Pioneer Seeks Voter Thoughts on May Runoff

The Amarillo Pioneer wants to know who you plan to support in the May 22nd Republican and Democratic primary runoffs.

On Tuesday, the Amarillo Pioneer launched its 2018 primary runoff survey. The survey asks voters locally to identify which candidates they will support or lean toward supporting in the upcoming primary contests.

Thomas Warren III, Amarillo Pioneer editor-in-chief, said that the poll will help gauge how voters are feeling heading into the upcoming runoff contests.

"Voters have so many important choices to make here and it's important that they start thinking about who they will support in less than a month," Warren, III said. "Democrats are choosing their nominee for governor and Potter County Republicans are electing new judges. The stakes are pretty high so this is a very important election."

Democrats in both counties will be offered the chance to choose between Houston businessman Andrew White and former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez in the race for governor. The winner of that runoff on May 22nd will face Republican incumbent Greg Abbott and Libertarian Mark Tippetts.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Potter County will have their chance to decide three races to replace retiring judges. For the 320th District Judge race, Pamela Sirmon and Steven Denny are lined up to face off. Len Walker and Walt Weaver will meet in the Potter County Court at Law #1 race and Wade Overstreet and Matt Hand will meet in the Potter County Court at Law #2 contest. The winners of these three primaries will likely not face an opponent in November and will win the general election unopposed.

The survey will be open through Friday, May 11th. Results will be announced on Monday, May 14th. The runoff election will be held on May 22nd.

If you would like to vote in the Amarillo Pioneer survey, please visit

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