Democrats Hoping Strong Turnout Spurs Them in Deep-red Texas

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With 99.95 percent precincts reporting, the Texas Secretary of State says Cruz received 1,317,450 votes or 85% of the vote in the GOP primary. On his support for gun reform policy in the wake of a string of horrific mass shootings, O'Rourke says, "I couldn't give a shit what the NRA thinks". Even more concerning was the lack of Democratic enthusiasm in districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC "got scammed" into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE carried in the 2016 presidential election.

Ted Cruz is certainly no "Weird Al" Yankovic!

Democrats haven't won any of Texas' 29 statewide offices since 1994, the nation's longest losing streak. The turnout for Republicans was mostly in line with primary midterms in 2014 and 2010. Both were endorsed by Trump and avoided runoffs in bitter primary fights.

But Thowfeek said the surfeit of Democratic candidates was ultimately good for the party, driving turnout still higher.

Statewide in 2006, general election turnout for the top of the ballot gubernatorial race was 4.4 million, down 3 percent from the previous gubernatorial election in 2002.

The geographic pattern is evocative of former state Sen. They represented the first state primary election in what looks to be a contentious 2018 congressional midterm election season. She advances to a runoff in May with Houston attorney Liz Fletcher. "We had some fun with it because, listen, Texans, there is a common sense practicality in Texas".

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While O'Rourke has won in recent fundraising quarters, Cruz still has the overall advantage.

Republicans rejected a well-funded woman candidate who had been a major party donor and endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott. Wall had embraced the president in her campaign but failed to break through.

Hernandez managed to win almost 250,000 votes despite raising less than $9,000 for her campaign, compared to O'Rourke's 637,000 votes after raising several million dollars.

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

The hurdles for O'Rourke will be high. It was the second time O'Rourke outraised Cruz. Within minutes of clinching the nomination, Cruz released a radio ad telling voters that O'Rourke "wants to take our guns".

But do you need villainous character like Cruz - a politician barely liked (or tolerated) by his own Republican counterparts - on the other side to generate that level of excitement, asked Grim?

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