Your early vote can be of primary importance

Early voting in Texas' March 4, 2014, primaries is Feb. 18-28.
Early voting in Texas' March 4, 2014, primaries is Feb. 18-28.

If you’re thinking you’ll wait to vote till November, you could miss your chance to affect some important Texas races. Early voting for the March 4 primaries runs Feb. 18-28.

Same for local races -- for example, most Travis County races will be settled by the primaries, as we found in a recent fact-check.

To find a list of the candidates who’ve filed to run both statewide and in races involving your county, visit this Texas Secretary of State web page.

Here are some statewide candidates who’ve been "PolitiFacted" -- including several you might not see again after March 4. This isn’t a comprehensive scorecard: Some of the items are lighthearted -- ones involving catfish and bison, for example -- and more names will join the list soon.

U.S. senator

John Cornyn

Steve Stockman

Governor

Greg Abbott

Wendy Davis

Larry Kilgore

Miriam Martinez

Lieutenant governor

David Dewhurst

Dan Patrick

Jerry Patterson

Todd Staples

Leticia Van de Putte

Attorney general

Sam Houston

Barry Smitherman

Comptroller

Glenn Hegar

Debra Medina

Raul Torres

Land commissioner

George P. Bush

David Watts

Agriculture commissioner

Hugh Fitzsimons

Kinky Friedman