Texplainer: Why is the Runoff Period So Long?

Hey, Texplainer: Why are the runoff elections for the 2012 Texas primaries being held nine weeks — rather than the usual three to six weeks — after the end of the first balloting?

Runoff candidates are campaigning until July 31, when voters again go to the polls. Thinking the primaries would be held March 6 as originally planned, most candidates starting campaigning around Labor Day of 2011. But the extended legal battle over the state’s redistricting maps knocked the primary to May 29. Given the already extended campaign cycle, the nine-week runoff period is creating more uncertainty for candidates still vying ...

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