Democrats hope for a blue wave in Texas midterm primaries

Michele Moreno
March 7, 2018

We tracked how many Texans turned out to vote early in the 2018 primaries compared with primaries in 2010 and 2014, the last two midterm election years.

Even though many Democratic candidates have raised impressive amounts of money to stock their war chests, Republicans have a lot more outside money than Democrats do. "I think for many of us it was not the outcome we expected or wanted and we know that the only way that we can change it is for us to get out there and do something about it", TX-07 congressional candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher said. Instead, he's focused on attempting to unseat members of his own party, endorsing the Republican primary challengers to three state House incumbents who backed past ethics reform measures that might have limited gubernatorial power.

As primary season opens on Tuesday with the Texas vote, Democrats across the country are enjoying a bumper crop of candidates. "Numbers-wise it was, but it's the percentage that matters because it's relative to how many registered voters that we have". Although Cruz's reputation with Republican voters suffered when he refused to endorse Donald Trump's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention, he is an accomplished fundraiser and formidable opponent. Throughout that period, the surge has favored the Democrats.

The Democratic congressman outraised the Republican senator in the last quarter of 2017 and has touted his candidacy's grassroots appeal for Texas Democrats who haven't had much to cheer about lately. Still, there is no doubt these numbers are likely concerning to Republicans hoping to keep the state red. O'Rourke outraised Cruz from the beginning of 2018 through mid-February by $1.5 million, although Cruz is still favored to win in the state.

Voters in San Antonio and across the state will be headed to the polls Tuesday for the Texas Primaries. "If you want your voice to be heard, you have to be prepared", Secretary Pablos said. The Republican ballot is six pages.

Texas Democrats, however, have not won a statewide race for posts such as governor or USA senator in more than two decades. Vox notes that early voting among Republicans declined by 37 percent from 2016.

Voters who do not have any of those documents and cannot "reasonably obtain" them can still cast a vote if they sign a form in which they swear that they have a "reasonable impediment" to obtaining appropriate identification. Hopefully people understand that just because they can't vote in a political primary, they would be able to vote on these.

Another race is that of the 148th District Court, where two Republicans and two Democrats will go head-to-head Tuesday night.

Such a high number of Democratic candidates means there are some crowded primaries ― four districts have seven running ― which has led to a bit of intra-party fighting.

"For Republicans, if this is evidence of a significant enthusiasm gap, then that would be something to worry about", Mackowiak said.

The winners of each party will face off in the November general election. They also are targeting at least two Republican incumbents whose support bases have weakened, in part due to shifting demographics.

"There is a reason to be concerned, for sure", said Matt Mackowiack, a veteran Republican operative in Austin.

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