Democrats, GOP fired up after primary vote


Adrienne Bell (TX-14), an educator and longtime Democratic campaigner, and Linsey Fagan (TX-26), a single mother and entrepreneur, both won with more than 50 percent and face no run-off. Now that the votes are counted, we have some answers and some observations about where we are headed in the 2018 midterms.

Among the results Tuesday: Democrat Jennie Lou Leeder won her 11th Congressional District primary outright with 82 percent of the vote; Republican Angela Paxton beat Phillip Huffines in Texas Senate District 8, which was the most expensive primary contest for a state office this year; and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones was the top vote-getter in the 23rd Congressional District and will face Rick Treviño in a primary runoff to determine who will take on U.S. Rep.

Republicans have more reason to be nervous about the prospects of keeping control of the U.S. Congress this year after Democrats came out in force in Texas congressional primary elections. Ted Cruz. and Democratic El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke is on.

After Conley resigned to run for county judge, Shell was appointed the seat in 2017. Valdez won more than 42 percent of votes cast.

Trump has been divisive in Texas, where he receives about 83% approval among Republican respondents and 85% disapproval among Democrat respondents, according to polling from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

Even though Trump was not on the ballot, his presence was felt in the primary vote. @Mat4Texas has the most at 41.67%, @MorrisforTexas has 38.66% and Matt Farmer, who dropped out in January, had 19.65% of votes.

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

Firstly, Kondik wrote, Democrats have been consistently running on average 13 points ahead of Hillary Clinton's 2016 margin, and Democratic candidate Conor Lamb has significantly out-raised his Republican rival, state Rep. Rick Saccone.

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While Democrats support choice for women, this is still either an anti-abortion state or one in which abortion is seen as a woman's decision, which can be broadened to other decisions women make.

The Hill's headline told a similary story: "Dems double turnout in Texas from previous midterm".

Favourability ratings for Trump, a Republican, hover near 40 percent, nationally.

Tuesday night's showdown between the two men has been used to demonstrate that Texas, a conservative state that has not elected a Democrat in a statewide position since 1994, might be in play for the liberal Democratic Party. O'Rourke is raising more money than Cruz so far but remains very unlikely to win in November. Moser was endorsed by Our Revolution-the political organization that grew out of Bernie Sanders's run for the White House.

And finally, Republican John Culberson easily won his primary in the 7th district, but in a race where Democrats are convinced they have a chance, Democrats Lizzie Fletcher and Laura Moser will battle it out in a runoff. All candidates names had been posted online, and election officials were working their way through verifying about 30 remaining candidates Wednesday afternoon, checking that they meet residency and other requirements.

Texas Democrats know this, and I suspect they are unlikely to invest major resources here on statewide races that they can not win. "Their hard work and aggressive voter contact drove Democratic voters across the state to turn out in unprecedented numbers".

Hays County saw 9.46 percent of registered voters casting their ballots for Democrats in Tuesday's primary election, compared to 3.16 percent in 2014.

Voters had an unusually large number of races to decide on in this primary election, with three county Commissioners Court races contested as well as several state and congressional districts seeing competition. Because the Democrats' million-voter turnout was a significant improvement over their numbers in 2014 or 2010.