Women, Dems come on strong in Texas primaries

  • Women, Dems come on strong in Texas primaries

Women, Dems come on strong in Texas primaries

Texas Democrats have turned out in force ahead of their state's first-in-the-nation primary election Tuesday, even though their party remains a longshot to win much.

College students waited more than an hour to vote in liberal Austin, far-flung rural counties offered Democratic candidates for the first time in years and a tide of anti-Trump activism helped propel almost 50 women to make a run for Congress. Numerous open seats feature so many candidates from both parties that most primary races won't have anyone winning a majority of Tuesday's votes, ensuring a second round of voting May 22.

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Democrats also hope to flip three other Republican congressional districts, but those races may need runoffs to decide who the party's nominee will be. Abbott endorsed three candidates who were running on the Republican side of the State House, and two of those candidates lost.

The fact that many of these races have attracted numerous Democratic primary candidates is unprecedented. His policies pushed to the polls Democrats who oppose him and Republicans who support him, analysts said. The victor of that race will face Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who won his party's nomination to run for re-election.

Voters who cast their ballots in the primaries Tuesday can also vote in the primary runoff of the same party in May.

Republican party leaders, meanwhile, sent out a warning call to their own supporters about the growing Democratic engagement, despite their clear advantage in total ballots cast statewide.

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Republican political consultant Derek Ryan noted that only about 3 percent of those casting ballots early in the Democratic primary were first-time voters, meaning most Texans participating "were probably voting Democrat in general elections in previous cycles".

U.S. Senator race- A closely watched matchup is set between U.S. Sen. The party is seriously targeting about a half-dozen Republican-held seats, with multiple Democrats running for each. She will face off against Rep. John Culberson, a vulnerable Republican in the Houston area whose district voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Greg Abbott took the extraordinary step of endorsing primary challengers to a trio of House Republicans: state Reps.

"I'm a private citizen, not a politician", Nelson said.

Cruz has sounded the alarm for his party about Democratic turnout, telling a reporter this week that he's concerned.

The high stakes have been great for turnout. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, fearing Moser may be too liberal to win the general election, blistered her for comments from a 2014 Washingtonian magazine article in which Moser said she'd "rather have her teeth pulled out" than live in rural Paris, Texas. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, after the polls closed in an interview with the CBS affiliate in Dallas.

Texas has routinely elected GOP officials in statewide races for a generation, though recently with declining margins. Ortiz Jones, the more progressive candidate, argues that her national security credentials would give her an advantage over Hulings, the party establishment pick, in the general-election fight against Hurd, a former Central Intelligence Agency agent. Whether that is the right issue to virtually abandon a candidate is one that Democrats will decide at their primary election.