Democratic Voters Turn Out In Surprising Numbers For Texas Primary

Democrats buoyed by Texas voter turnout in quest to retake US House

Turnout has been higher this election, compared to the last midterm primary in 2014 - especially among those voting in the Democratic primary. Though the Democratic frontrunners will square off in a May runoff, both face long odds of beating Abbott and the $41 million campaign war chest he has amassed. "In this era with Donald Trump as President, with this Congress, and with this version of the Republican Party in charge, I felt like the time is now, there's no time to wait", he said before the primary.

5 p.m. North Texans are packing the polling places as two hours remain before they close at 7 p.m. As a result, it seems likely that Republican voters will support whoever is on their ticket in the general election.

The numbers were just as grim for Democrats in the lieutenant governor's races.

As for the specific seats Democrats hope to capture in November, it appears that Republicans would retain control if the races were decided on the basis of Tuesday's primary vote. The party is seriously targeting about a half-dozen Republican-held seats, with multiple Democrats running for each. He's the twin brother of state lawmaker Don Huffines.

With a price tag expected to top $10 million, the race has turned into an all-out brawl between two candidates who are similarly conservative.

All isn't lost for Democrats as they prepare for the November general election, however. Watch the Facebook Live feed on WFAA's Facebook page. Instead, if they want to have a shot at flipping the district, they need a more moderate candidate who can win over centrist voters. In the 32nd District, Colin Allred will face Lillian Salerno for the Democratic nomination. That's 20 points more than the 40% that went to Democratic candidates. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez makes a shot as a front runner as well as Andrew White, son of Gov. Mark White.

Valdez would be the first Hispanic and openly gay governor in Texas history. White has two very important things in his favor, momentum and money.

Moser has taken pains to frame her candidacy as a rejection of traditional Democratic party politics-she believed Democrats played it too safe during President Barack Obama's administration, and she even fired a preemptive shot at the DCCC months before they attacked her, slamming it in essay in Vogue for sometimes supporting pro-life Democrats. Eight Democratic women won their primary, outright and will face GOP incumbents in November, seven of whom are men, according to Emily's List.

"It is so harebrained to think that we are actually attempting to address the serious issue of gun violence with a new license plate", Hoylman said.

Cruz easily won 85% of the Republican vote, while O'Rourke secured his party's nomination with about 62% of the Democratic vote. The Democrats have an opening here to increase this energy and potentially flip seats in Texas but doing so will require a strategy created to attract new voters to the party - not just galvanize liberals who are unlikely to defect from Democrats regardless.

So far, O'Rourke has been campaigning to increase his name recognition and connect with middle-of-the-road voters, while Cruz has focused on shoring up support from the Republican base through speaking engagements at GOP meetings and fundraisers. The new ad released: "If you're gonna run in Texas, you can't be a liberal man".

Tuesday was a big night in Texas for Democrats, and women in particular, as voter turnout surged and a majority of women running for Congress won their primaries or advanced to run-off elections. Since the national party's move, some polls show her surging — just what DCCC leaders wanted to prevent.

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Several Congressional candidates in Texas are heading to May runoffs. Joe Barton has held the seat for decades but resigned.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller wins GOP primary. He dramatically underperformed in rural areas, downright losing a number of counties, and only garnered 57 percent even in Dallas. Meanwhile, in the 6th District, Republicans Ron Wright and Jake Ellzey will go head to head in a runoff, and so will Republicans Lance Gooden and Bunni Pounds in the 5th District.



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