The premier race in today's runoffs features incumbent GOP State Rep. Jim Landtroop in a redrawn district that's looking more like it's the Panhandle versus the South Plains. Plainview, Landtroop's hometown, anchors the southern part of District 88 which runs to the Oklahoma border. Ken King, from Canadian, has school board experience and an endorsement from one of the Panhandle's best known politicians, Warren Chisum of Pampa. Chisum and Landtroop are State House colleagues, but the endorsement didn't come as a surprise to the incumbent:
Landtroop said, "You know, and I think even Mr. Chisum's endorsement said the Panhandle can do better so its like he doesn't even care about the South Plains. So we need to make sure that we're going to elect somebody that's going to represent every body, not just one region over the other region, every body is important, every body matters. And that's why I think, that's been my message the entire time and that's why I think we're going to win this tomorrow (today)."
King's latest round of advertising has been rather negative against Landtroop. He says he felt it necessary to set the record straight.
King said, "Mr. Landtroop started thistling me back in March and I'm not a politician, I'm a producer. I'm a working man that wants to do something for our part of Texas, same way I've tried to do something for my school and other things I've served on. He starts attacking me with false accusations and taking things I've said out of context and making little videos and things like that. You know, I don't like it. I think most people in the Panhandle are like Warren Chisum, they don't like it either but the sad fact was is I had no choice but to respond."
Chisum is also on that Republican runoff ballot. He's in a tight race with Christi Craddick for Texas Railroad Commissioner.
Don't forget, you must vote in the same primary if you voted May 23rd. If not, you can choose either the Republican or Democratic primary, but you have to vote at your assigned precinct. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.