HOUSTON - It's hard to believe the presidential election is less than a month away. The race has gotten most of the attention but Houston voters will be deciding a number of important races.
KHOU 11 political analyst, Bob Stein, says Hillary Clinton is up ten points over Donald Trump in Harris County.
That's important for our local races because if that holds up in November, he says the Democrats could have a clean sweep of county and judicial races.
Democrat Kim Ogg is running against Republican Devon Anderson for District Attorney. If this sounds familiar, it's because it is.
Since Ogg lost the same race in 2014, Anderson has been scrutinized for the handling of cases.
Stein says although Ogg lost, she is among the Democrats that did the best.
"Kim Ogg was only six points behind Devon Anderson. Of course the controversy over District Attorney's handling of cases and it ties in of course with Ron Hickman and Ed Gonzalez's race for the sheriff's position." said Stein.
The race for sheriff isn't as familiar because neither candidate had run for the position. Current republican sheriff, Ron Hickman, was appointed by the Commissioners' Court in 2015.
His opponent, Ed Gonzalez, is a former homicide investigator and council member.
"Many believe that, that race will also hinge on some key issues particularly the handling of jails and charges of police brutality in this case, county facilities and African Americans and Hispanics being treated poorly there." said Stein.
Census data crunched by KHOU 11 News shows nearly 200,000 new voters with Hispanic last names have signed up to vote since the last presidential election.
"I'm expecting to see Democrats not only being competitive but I think having a chance to do extremely well if not sweep all the races." said Stein.
Stein's analysis is backed by an aging white population and a growing number of Latinos below 45 years old who are now paying attention to politics.
The district attorney and sheriff races may force Republicans to vote cross ticket, however Stein says for down-ballot races like tax assessor and judicial seats, voters will likely follow their party lines.