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Texas Democrats are competing again and that's good for democracy

08 March 2018, 07:03 | Melissa Porter

Voting sign posted in Travis County

Voting sign posted in Travis County

The 2018 Texas Primary Elections had just been concluded.

Texas Democrats turned out more than 1 million voters through early voting and into Tuesday, surpassing Republicans in a midterm primary for the first time since 2002.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised eyebrows in Culberson's district when it publicly released a memo calling one of its seven candidates, Laura Moser, a "Washington insider" who'd once declared she'd "rather have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in Paris, Texas. Ted Cruz took aim on his Democratic challenger in November, Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

The results may still be unofficial, but all the Limestone County primary votes are in.

A smorgasbord of Republicans will face each other for the GOP nomination for governor. Meece has the most votes Tuesday with 4,357.

Even with a super-energized base, he only got 641,000 votes, less than half of Cruz's total.

If the Democrats want to flip districts in a conservative state such as Texas, it is imperative that they are able to show the average voter how voting blue will help them directly. He dramatically underperformed in rural areas, downright losing a number of counties, and only garnered 57 percent even in Dallas.

Democrats who control the New York Assembly have passed legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in the state. National Democrats are fairly quiet about which candidate they would most like to see take him on.

Both parties will likely fight hard to claim open seats, particularly in two swing districts - House District 54 in Bend and Senate District 3 Southern Oregon.

Overall, the voter split last night was still 60-40 GOP. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke claimed easy victories Tuesday night, setting the stage for a general election showdown that some experts believe could be Texas' most competitive U.S. Senate race in more than 15 years. Chip Roy, a friend of many conservative warriors and personally endorsed by CR's Daniel Horowitz, won in district 21 with 27.1 percent, nearly twice the number of his new runoff opponent, Matt McCall. He raised more money than his opponents, but not so much more that money would exclusively explain his impressive win. And he's the biggest draw on a Democratic ballot that is otherwise littered with little-known candidates for statewide office who've struggled to raise attention and money. The top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff election on May 22, 2018.

Still, what looms over this year's gubernatorial race is the big-name Democrats who didn't run - including twin brothers Rep. Joaquin Castro and former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro. Expect intense intra-party warfare to play out over the next six weeks as the DCCC tries to keep a candidate who is too liberal to win from getting the nomination. "Their hard work and aggressive voter contact drove Democratic voters across the state to turn out in unprecedented numbers".

In the 7th District, Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher appeared to be headed to a runoff, but her Democratic opponent in May is still unclear.

The Democrat who will face off against Texas Sen. They were encouraged that a turnout set to be almost double of what it was in 2014 was a sign of electoral success to come in the most populous Republican-held state. Watch next week's special election in Pennsylvania's 18 Congressional District very closely. Democrats were split between Berniecrats and centrists, while Republicans were split between moderates and the far right. He said the Democrats do not object to armed guards at the State Capitol, yet some Democrats voted against the school safety enhancement measures.

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