If 2016 is supposed to be the year of the challenger, nobody can tell it from the lineup for the March 1 Texas primaries.
Three local members of Congress — U.S. Reps. Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant and Roger Williams — will go unchallenged in the Republican primary.
The path to the general election is also clear for state Sen. Jane Nelson and six local Texas House members, four Republicans and two Democrats.
Four other local Texas House Republicans will face primary opponents, mostly involving the ongoing tug-of-war over Austin leadership. Also, two Republicans will challenge Sheriff Dee Anderson.
Most of the attention will be focused at the top of the ticket, where U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Houston and New York Republican Donald J. Trump lead a Republican presidential field of 13 candidates that also includes native Texans Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina.
Democrats will choose from eight presidential candidates led by Hillary Clinton of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. In another prominent regional Democratic contest, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth will be challenged by Carlos Quintanilla of Dallas.
Early voting will begin Feb. 16. By then, our mailboxes will be full of political Valentines.