Texas Democrats Gain Momentum But Lone Star Still Deep Red

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Originally (and properly) understood as bad for Democrats, who hold 26 of the 35 seats up in November (or now 26 of 36 if you add in Mississippi's special election), the landscape at first offered Republicans hopes of gaining a filibuster-proof 60 seats, particularly after Donald Trump carried ten states with Democratic senators facing voters in 2018.

With over 99 percent of precincts counted (and not including votes for any third parties), Democratic turnout did top one million for the first time since 2002, but it still lagged well behind the over 1.5 million votes cast in the Republican primary.

The 1.5 million Republican voters still outnumber the 1 million Democrat voters, according to the 2018 primary elections, however, Democrats are making moves to overtake predominately red counties especially in urban areas.

Cruz's Democrat opponent in the upcoming general election is U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso.

Democrats haven't won a statewide office in Texas since 1994. Additionally, 60 percent of respondents who identified themselves as Democrats said they are "very enthusiastic" about voting in the upcoming elections, compared to 45 percent of Republicans.

"If you're going to run in Texas you can't be a liberal man".

Leading up to Tuesday's Texas primary, there were hundreds of blaring headlines about "Texas turning blue", the every-other-year political head-scratcher about a Democratic resurgence in the Lone Star State that gullible national reporters swallow and regurgitate. After raising a Democratic record sum of $35 million, she lost by a larger margin than the Democratic nominee had four years before.

Democrats were split between Berniecrats and centrists, while Republicans were split between moderates and the far right.

It is clear that House Democrats have no intention of helping House Republicans provide a pay raise for our teachers, and that we must use funding measures that do not require Democratic support to pass.

Boehmer tells ABC-7 an anti-Trump sentiment fueled Democrats this election season.

"Voter turnout has been historically lethargic and low and so that has to be a trend that reverses", said UTEP Professor Dr. Charles Boehmer, who believes rural counties will undoubtedly be solidly Republican and vote for Cruz.

"They still have a long way to go", said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant in Austin, Texas, who contended that without Trump on the ballot in November, Democrats may yet have problems motivating voters to come out to the polls. Yes, those were competitive primaries for Democrats while the GOP is running three incumbents who faced token opposition, but those districts are still in play - and they're happening in the suburbs, where Trump's approval rating is suffering. We also know that Sherrod Brown has a "populist" profile that might appeal to a significant sliver of 2016 Trump voters.

Fast-forward to earlier this month, when Trump hastily announced he would be placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a proposal deemed sacrilegious by traditional Republican orthodoxy and sure to win him few allies. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, remains favored for re-election. Valdez was followed by Andrew White, but will need to crack 50 percent to avoid a runoff, per the state's rules - a challenging thing to do in such a crowded field.