Texas primary spurs flurry of activity at the polls

Violet Powell
March 9, 2018

So going into Tuesday night, it seemed like the Democrats might be on track to hustle more people to the polls.

Bliss said the race should be a warning to Republicans ahead of 2018, with Democratic voters fired up and ready for battle.

Here is a full list of the Hays County voting results for Republican candidates and Democratic candidates.

With just days to go before the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district, the Center for Politics' Sabato's Crystal Ball has moved their rating of the seat from "leans Republican" to a "toss-up".

The final numbers spell a slightly different story. How is that a "win?"

Also disheartening is that there are several cases of Democratic women attempting to thwart strong female candidates whose opponents are less progressive but more connected to donors. He remains popular among Texas Republicans, with support of more than 80 percent. But it's still, well, 40 percent.

"Any increase in a primary electorate is some kind of a new voter, and that is a new level of engagement", said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas, a progressive strategy firm in Texas.

The early indications from Texas suggest that the Democratic primary voters are more likely to prefer progressive Democrats and reject the establishment.

"You saw record Republican turnout", RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday morning. "We kept hearing about this unprecedented Democratic turnout, but Republicans showed up in droves".

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Jeanne Atkins, chairwoman of the Oregon Democratic Party, said she was optimistic about the race, and that the performance of the Trump administration would cast Democratic candidates in favorable light statewide. "They are seeing a very energized Democratic base and they're seeing a Republican base that at this point doesn't appear to be matching Democratic enthusiasm or anywhere close to it previous year". Ted Cruz - who released a radio ad after clinching the GOP nomination Tuesday night, telling voters that Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke "wants to take our guns".

After the primary, the secretary of state's office has up to 30 days to certify the votes.

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.

What do Tuesday's results mean for the GOP in November?

"I would absolutely say that Republican elected officials should be concerned about what they're seeing in Texas", Tom Bonier, the CEO of data firm TargetSmart, told Newsweek.

"Voters are saying the most important issues are the economy, jobs and national security and they favor Republicans significantly on all three: By 11 points on the economy, 9 points on jobs and 19 points on national security".

"Left-wing rage may raise a bunch of money from people online, but I don't believe it reflects the views of a majority of Texans", Cruz said.

Local Texas GOP consultant Derek Ryan agrees. To see more, visit KUT 90.5. On the House side, Democrats are putting up candidates in every Texas district for the first time in over 25 years. This suburban Houston district is one of 23 across the country that Republicans hold but supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. To undermine Ms Moser, who grew up in Houston, but left in 1999 and only returned late past year to campaign, the DCCC sought to portray her as that ideal devil, "a Washington insider". That was not the article's only unfortunate line; in it, Ms Moser also referred to a neighbour as a " deaf-mute drug addict", for which she has apologised. Bernie Sanders' political organization, endorsed her in the wake of the DCCC memo.

Susan Swecker, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said the survey is consistent with what she sees "as Virginia fights back against this most disastrous of presidencies".

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