But the energy clearly was not with those candidates Tuesday night in Texas – on both sides. How’d that work out?
A wave of Texas women candidates won or made it to runoffs in more than 50 primary races statewide amid a surge of interest in running for office among women around the country.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, are expected to face off in November over Cruz’s seat in the Senate.
In the closing weeks of the campaign, the DCCC posted a memo featuring opposition research about Moser, including her residency, until recently, in Washington. A lot of weird things happen in the Democratic primary, because the party is far from cohesive.
The decision to get this granular seems rather surprising, given the current political mood.
If Ryan does run, he appears to have a formidable challenger in Democrat Randy Bryce, an iron worker who has amassed a war chest of more than $2.6 million as of last December. Patrick will face Democrat Mike Collier in November.
Democrats in Texas turned out Tuesday in the largest numbers in more than two decades for a midterm primary.
“So if, for example, a voter who participated in the Democratic primary wants to vote in a Republican primary runoff, he or she will not be accepted to vote in that Republican primary runoff race”, said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.
The polls show that support for the new tax law has, in fact, grown since Republicans passed the legislation in December. GOP turnout was the highest since the 2010 midterm. By early Wednesday, Democratic vote totals neared 1 million – nearly double 2014’s turnout, a number not seen since the post-9/11 2002 races. On the Democratic side, in the 16th District, a candidate who raised just shy of $1 million finished second – but with only about 11,000 votes missed the runoff; and a candidate in the 32nd District also raised nearly $1 million and finished third with just 5,500 votes.
In 2006, for instance, when Democrats enjoyed an 11.5 percent generic congressional ballot advantage nationally in the final pre-election Real Clear Politics average of polls, they regained the majority in the House of Representatives with a net gain of 31 seats on election day. In Texas, for the first time in a quarter of a century Democrats have put forward a candidate in every one of the state’s 36 congressional seats. Trump won the state by nine points four years after GOP nominee Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama by 16 points.
What happened with Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s re-election bid?
“The early indications from Texas suggest that the Democratic primary voters are more likely to prefer progressive Democrats and reject the establishment”.
Cruz easily won his party’s nomination for a second term in the Senate, but he all but admitted that he would have a far more hard general-election campaign this time around against Democratic nominee Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who has cast his campaign as a movement and boasted of 10,000 volunteers in the state.
“Texans voted on Tuesday in primary elections marked by widespread infighting”, the Times reported. Democrats’ biggest gains came in the cities and wealthy suburbs, which doesn’t hint at much turnover in the general election, Dave Wasserman noted.
However, the Wason Center polling forecast that Hillary Clinton would win Virginia in the 2016 presidential race by 6 points and she won by more than 5. All they need are 24 seats, and picking up three in Texas certainly would help.
There was some good news for Republicans. Not only are we running the most grass roots campaign that I’ve ever seen in the state of Texas (and it’s all of you doing it, I’m just following your lead) we’re being supported only by -people – human beings. Turn Texas blue? Not so fast.