AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 19: A pollster loads paper in a primary registration machine at the Travis County Courthouse February 19, 2008 in Austin, Texas. Early voting begins today across Texas ahead of the presidential primaries taking place on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)
Gov. Rick Perry wasn't the only one trying to avoid a runoff Tuesday.
In Dallas County, Jaime Cortes wasn't as fortunate as the governor. The democratic incumbent is now headed for a runoff against Beth Villareal in the Dallas County, Precinct 5 Constable race. Cortes has been the subject of a controversial county investigation into whether he abused his office. Cortes received 36 percent of the vote to Villareal's 33 percent.
Dallas County Judge Jim Foster is one of Constable Cortes' loudest critics and, as of Tuesday, he is out of a job. Foster fell short and finished third in the race with Clay Jenkins and Larry Duncan -- who are now in a runoff.
Dallas attorney Eric Johnson won the Dallas District 100 Democratic primary. Johnson faced off against Terri Hodge, who recently pled guilty to tax evasion. Hodge ended her campaign, but remained on the ballot and managed to get 25 percent of the vote.
Republican Ralph Hall beat out five opponents for his 4th District seat in far northeast Texas. Hall, 86, is Texas' longest serving house member and the chamber's oldest representative. This will be Hall's 15th term.
In Plano, Mabrie Jackson and Van Taylor are headed for a runoff for Texas House District 66. Jackson secured 42 percent of the vote while Taylor snagged 33 percent. No Democrats filed for the post.
The battle for Supreme Court, Place 3 is far from over. With 99 percent reporting, it appears that Rick Green (19 percent) will face Tarrant County family court judge Debra Lehrmann (18 percent) in a runoff. In all, six Republicans were seeking the spot vacated by the retiring judge, Justice Harriet O'Neill. The entire field of candidates, including Jim Moseley and Rebecca Simmons who both had 18 percent of the vote as well, had a solid showing in the race.
Runoff elections will be held April 13. The last day to register to vote for runoff elections is March 15. Early voting runs April 5-9.