With the primaries closing on Tuesday, the Texas Republican released his first general election campaign ad, taking aim at O’Rourke for using the name “Beto” to try to “fit in”.
For the first time since 2008, more Texas Democrats voted in the primary than Republicans, according to early voting numbers.
Close to one and-a-half million Republicans turned out, which is a near record for the GOP.
Since 25 of the 36 House seats from Texas are now held by Republicans, Democrats have more opportunities for gain, but the latest Cook Political Report rating of congressional races shows that only one of those 25 seats – the 7th Congressional District seat now held by Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), is a toss-up. “We expect that he will continue to lead a positive campaign and talk to Democratic voters all across the state”. So as it seems to have done in these primaries, Democrats’ dissatisfaction with Trump could very well drive them to the polls in November – and in the process play a huge role in how key Republican seats play out in the midterms.
But no such blue wave emerged on Tuesday. Ted Cruz and Democratic upstart Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Here are some things to know from the first state primary in the nation. But Democrats had a higher percentage increase.
At least three Democratic primary runoffs will pit women candidates against each other.
“You’re absolutely right”, the Texas Republican told CNN. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso.
Nothing Ted Cruz does is done without calculation. But political observers and Democrats say O’Rourke has plenty of time to make up for his lack of name ID in these areas, which serve as Democratic strongholds in the general election.
The Texas primary did put on display the surge in women running for office to resist Trump. Valdez and White will need a May 22 runoff to decide who wins their party’s nomination – but either will be prohibitive underdogs against well-funded and popular Abbott. Even more concerning was the lack of Democratic enthusiasm in districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC “got scammed” into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE carried in the 2016 presidential election. That’s 20 points more than the 40% that went to Democratic candidates. No Democrat has won a race for either since.
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won their primary elections outright. “I guess some people are disappointed”.