Wright claims early GOP lead, Woolridge/Sanchez lead Democrats for Barton congressional seat

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Levii R. Shocklee, a contracting officer for a private company who formerly served in the Navy, drew 6 percent, John W. Duncan, a compliance officer, accrued 14 percent; and Justin Snider, a locksmith and small business owner, garnered 6 percent.

Other congressional races

Here's a look at some other local contested congressional primary races:

District 24: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, has an early lead, claiming 73 percent of the vote to challenger Jonathan Davidson's 27 percent. On the Democratic side, Jan McDowell took an early lead, with 53 percent. Edward "Todd" Allen claimed 20 percent, John Biggan drew 21 percent and Josh Imhof picked up 6 percent, with 25 of 1,683 precincts reporting.

District 26: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Pilot Point, jumped out in front with 76 percent of the vote to challenger Veronica Birkenstock's 24 percent. On the Democratic side, Will Fisher drew 52 percent and Linsey Fagan claimed 48 percent, with 25 of 1,683 precincts reporting.

District 33: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, also took an early lead, claiming 75 percent of the vote to the 2 percent claimed by challenger Carlos Quintanilla, with 24 of 1,503 precincts reporting.

Coming up

The next step for candidates who make it to the runoff, political observers say, is to spend the next two months reaching out to primary voters and encouraging them to head back to the polls in May.

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"Primary elections and runoffs are about turnout," said Jim Riddlesperger, a political science professor at Texas Christian University. "Now it's all about having the organization and contact skills to get your voters to turn out.

"The people who do that the most effectively will win the nomination from their parties."

It just won't be easy, said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

"It is always a challenge to bring voters back, but very committed followers will show up again ... (at a) much lower overall turnout," he said.

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