Dewhurst, Patrick spend Memorial Day getting the vote out



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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 10:22 PM

HOUSTON — David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick did not schedule any public appearances on Memorial Day so the candidates could work the phones and try to get out the vote before polls open for the Republican lieutenant governor runoff election on Tuesday morning.

Patrick will visit with voters late Tuesday morning at a polling precinct in Cypress, just north of Houston.

Dewhurst is doing the same during the lunch hour at a Houston polling location.

The last 11 weeks have been brutal in the campaign, and Tuesday’s biggest race is perhaps the most bitter.

The front runner, Sen. Dan Patrick, cast his ballot last Tuesday in Houston during early voting.

The incumbent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, voted last Monday in Austin.

Ever since the primary on March 4, this race has turned more personal than political. The roundtable debate at WFAA on May 7 got heated between both candidates.

Negative ads from both campaigns seem to appear in almost every TV commercial break statewide.

And most recently, Texas Land Commissioner and former primary opponent Jerry Patterson released Dan Patrick’s mental health records.

It’s uncertain how much the negative campaigning has swayed voters — if at all.

Patrick said he maintains a comfortable lead, telling voters it’s time for new leadership in the Senate, more security on the border and a reduction in property taxes.

Dewhurst urges voters to stay the course, let him finish the work he began, and reiterates that he presided over the "Texas miracle" the last 11 years.

Issues haven’t dominated this race as much as personalities have.

Many votes were likely cast during early voting last week before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Both campaigns expect to have an indication of who will win within minutes after the polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as early voting results are released.