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Early voting ends Friday for Texas primaries

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DALLAS -

It's the last day for early voting before the state primary election on Tuesday.

This year there's been an uptick in the number of people choosing to cast their ballots before Election Day.

So far, a bit more than 4.5 percent of voters in the 15 most populous counties have voted. That compares to just under 4 percent in 2010.

Another noticeable trend is more Republicans than Democrats voting early. A big reason for that is there are more contested races for the GOP.

The most closely fought statewide race for this primary is the Republican battle for lieutenant governor.

State Ag Commissioner Todd Staples is one of the four candidates for that job. He's facing incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and State Sen. Dan Patrick.

In Lewisville on Thursday Staples talked about one topic that comes up again and again with voters.

"They're frustrated that politicians from both parties have let us down when it comes to border security and immigration reform," he said.

Staples said his first priority as lieutenant governor would be to protect and secure the border.

Staples, Patrick and Patterson are fighting for a spot in what's expected to be a runoff against Dewhurst.

Voter can cast early ballots through 7 p.m. at any polling site in the county where they live.

Election Day is March 4, with a runoff on May 27. Voters do need to show a photo ID at the polling place this year.

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