Disclosure: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, is a patient of Dr. Dawn Buckingham, one of the candidates in this race.

Retiring Sen. Troy Fraser’s (R-Horseshoe Bay) last primary opponent received just 19% of the vote in 1996. His decision to retire, rather than seek re-election, has opened the 17-county district to a competitive race for the first time in more than two decades. Six Republican hopefuls have crisscrossed the district appearing at candidate forums and spreading similar conservative messages as they try to connect with primary voters:

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