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Poll numbers suggest that Texas will once again be a red state in November. But there are a few lone star battle ground counties that will be interesting to watch election night.

Four years ago there were about 12 counties in Texas where the vote count in the presidential race was far from a landslide. Some like to think of Travis County as the only Blue Island in a red state, but the Obama/Biden team actually won in 24 counties. A close race seems to be shaping up again just southeast of Austin.

Caldwell County is about as Texas as you can get. From the historic courthouse to the number of cowboy hats you can spot on the town square. Family trees here run about as long as the old Chisholm Trail that cuts through Lockhart.

"It's a nice quiet town, I love it here, I'm going to be here until I die, I guess," said longtime resident Emil Niemann.

Typically, where to get the best BBQ is the hottest debate in these parts now-days.

"Oh yes there's a lot of debate, it's been going on for years but we all get along fine, each one has their own reason and we work it out," said Norma Jean Black.

While that's a rivalry most are willing to bite into on a daily basis, every four years things get a little tougher when voters are asked to pick a presidential candidate. Some of those who spoke to FOX 7 said they have not yet made up their mind and want to hear more from the two candidates. Others say they debate Wednesday night could provide enough information for them to make a decision. With so many conflicted voters volunteers at both county party headquarters still have work to do.

Caldwell County has had its share of political fights, and in 2008 the Presidential race turned out to be pretty close.

John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin won the state of Texas with 55% of the vote to 43% for the Obama-Biden ticket. But in Caldwell County the race in 2008 was much closer with only 704 votes separating the two campaigns.

At the Texas Hatters there's a long standing Bipartisan tradition about who can wears one of these custom made covers. Co-owner Joella Gammage Torres knows how she will vote comes November. She understands, for others, reaching a decision is like making a hats; a little difficult and time consuming.

"I think there is always a good group of people that take their time and get down to the wire and wait until the last minute to really make up their mind- I think that's the nature of Texans, Period. I guess Caldwell County too," said Gammage Torres.

Slow and thoughtful, like forming hats and cooking brisket eventually ballot box decisions will take form.

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