Texans Vote In First Post-Trump Primary

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

This year's midterm elections began yesterday with the Texas primaries and though Democrats did well in many down-ballot races, they did not perform as well as early polls suggested.

And their problems will suddenly be a lot bigger than petty slights to Paris, Texas. While over 1.4 Republican voters turned out for the primary, nearly a midterm record for the Texas Republicans, the Democratic vote tally reached more than 1 million - a midterm primary turn out not seen for the blue team since 2002.

We can count on Republican primary voters to turn out in November as well. But conservative Democrats dominated Texas politics in the 1970s and 1980s, and 1994 marked a key time when state political dominance flipped. Of the almost 50 women running for Congress in Texas, more than half won their primaries outright or advanced to runoffs. Ted Cruz set to face off against challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who easily dispatched two opponents in last night's Democratic primary.

Texas voters headed to the polls today in the nation's first primary election since Donald Trump was elected president.

"I hope that our political environment changes". They also are targeting at least two Republican incumbents whose support bases have weakened, in part due to shifting demographics.

Current Land Commissioner, George P. Bush marshaled almost twice as many votes as his high-profile Republican challenger, former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, in a race that some predicted Bush could lose. "So I'm looking to vote for people who are positive who care about all". More promising news is that many female and grassroots candidates fared well, while candidates that led in fundraising faltered.

Republican party leaders, meanwhile, sent out a warning call to their own supporters about the growing Democratic engagement, despite their clear advantage in total ballots cast statewide.

Just 14 of the 76 candidates who have advanced so far are Republican women, but that includes nine incumbents. The races were mostly about which candidate was most supportive of President Trump.

"He has guts. He's not afraid". "This is my life-running for office-and to know it could be in jeopardy for some technicality or some arbitrary interpretation was ridiculous", said Ana Maria Ramos, a community college professor running for Texas House District 102.

For the first time in more than 25 years, Democrats were contesting each of Texas' 36 USA congressional districts, the party said.

But the combined Democratic enthusiasm and the quality of the candidates in the competitive districts may give Democrats a shot at taking the House back, Jones said. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. One, Texas's 23rd, is a swing district that's home to almost one-third of the USA border with Mexico.

Mr Cruz wasted no time turning on his Democratic opponent, and released an advert on the radio just after Mr O'Rourke's nomination was secured.

The Democratic race in the Houston area 7th District, represented by Culberson, has gotten especially heated after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee publicly moved against one of the candidates - Laura Moser, a liberal activist and organizer - because of concerns that she would be less equipped to defeat Culberson in the general election.

Republicans had about a 10 percent increase in turnout overall from the last midterm primary in 2014.

According to the Texas Secretary of State, 465,235 Democrats voted early in the 15 counties, compared to 420,329 Republicans. "And unlike anything I remember".

George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also avoided a runoff election Tuesday night, in his bid to be the GOP nominee for Texas land commissioner.

The Texas primary did put on display the surge in women running for office to resist Trump. Patterson came in second with around 30 percent of the vote, with Davey Edwards and Rick Range coming in third and fourth place, respectively. The victor will face Gov. Greg Abbott, a popular incumbent who had more than $41 million in his campaign war chest as of last month.