Texas primaries kick off United States midterm campaign

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"I guess we need to encourage the President to send out emails for the general election to all 800,000 people he has on his database and encourage them to vote in November", Cornyn added. Compared to four years ago, about 150% more Democrats voted early in 2018 and major boosts in turnout occurred in six counties with high Latino populations. Evans, a white attorney who lives in the Atlanta suburbs, says she can eat into Republican advantages in the suburbs and even small towns.

Southern Methodist University Political Science Professor Matt Wilson says the reason is two-fold. He plans to meet with voters about his candidacy from now until the polls close. But Democrats outpolled the Republicans, for the first time in years. "You have seen it over the country".

After a busier than usual few weeks of early voting in the 2018 primaries, the day is here.

"I think our numbers reflect a change, not only demographically, but philosophically and politically", Donna Haschke, chair of the Hays County Democratic Party, said.

There were reports during Texas' first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday that two polling sites in Houston didn't have Democratic ballots. The people that have the most to lose.

"It's hard to know because we see more and more people voting early, it could be we are just getting the majority of the vote now during the early voting". "And this is only the beginning!"

Mackowiak says while he doesn't think this enthusiasm will contribute to a "blue wave" in Texas, the energy can't be ignored.

In 2010, during the midterm primaries only 19,197 democratic early voters took part in their civic duties. Speaker Carl Heastie said Tuesday that increasing the number of guns in schools is not the way to make schools safer; it "gives a false sense of security", he said.

The Senate's GOP leadership unveiled the package of more than a dozen bills shortly before putting them up for a vote. However, it is not as informative as the past congressional vote, particularly when incumbents run for reelection. A Harvard Center for American Political Studies-The Harris Center poll showed 76% of voters support a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, including 63% of Republicans.

With a price tag expected to top $10 million, the race has turned into an all-out brawl between two candidates who are similarly conservative.

All of this, of course, depends on how indicative primary turnout is for the general election. The seat is considered the best chance for the party to pick up a Republican held seat. Deshaundra Lockhart Jones, Carl Sherman, Christopher Graham and Victoria Walton hope to carry on the work of Rep. Giddings.

Republican State Senator Bryan Hughes' District 1 seat is not on ballots during this election cycle.

"Well, since pretty much everything is done, there's not a whole lot we can do".

Meredith Kelly, a party spokeswoman, explained the move saying the committee wants to "ensure that there's a competitive Democrat on the ballot" in November, the implication being that Culberson and Republicans would use the same material to make Moser unelectable.

In Texas, a record 50 women are running for Congress in primaries. Democrats end up with a disproportionate share of extra votes, due to a combination of factors, including the clustering of Democratic voters in urban areas and partisan gerrymandering. Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush is running for re-election and facing three primary challengers including Jerry Patterson, who previously held the job.

Polls are open 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.