Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

What the Texas Primaries Might Tell us About the Midterm Elections

What the Texas Primaries Might Tell us About the Midterm Elections

"These women have the wind at their back right now", said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Texas Democrats see the party's best opportunities in the six Republican-held districts where incumbents are not seeking re-election.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke won the opportunity to face off against Senator Ted Cruz in November. Republican Congressional candidates across the state have pledged fealty to Trump.

As Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned at a recent gathering of Republicans, many Democrats would "crawl over broken glass" to cast a ballot this year.

In the 2016 Democratic Primary, Sanders himself faced battling for a party nomination while the party actively worked against him.

"I think that a Congress that is only 20 percent women is not where we need to be", Ortiz Jones said. "This is not a spectator sport, we've got to participate, all of us and that's what's important". It was a bit of a surprise that Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who has been a political celebrity for years, won renomination against his predecessor without a runoff (Texas requires majorities for party nominations; runoffs in many races will be held on May 22).

"The real for the Democrats is that there are still more Republicans out there voting, and while the Republicans have kind of plateaued in terms of their numbers, it's definitely the case that Democrats are sneaking up in terms of total numbers", Rottinghaus said.

Wilson, a former minister and math teacher, said her goal is to listen to people's stories and create solutions, according to her campaign website.

The state is also close to electing its first Latina congresswoman in history - and possibly the first two.

Democrats have not won a statewide office in Texas since 1994, the longest streak in the country. In midterm election with a controversial president's performance as material for a referendum, this doesn't exactly look like sunny news for Republicans. For all the attention on Democratic turnout - and turnout was high for Democrats - they were swamped by voters on the GOP side. Ms Moser's campaign is now more likely than ever to highlight and inflame divisions between the progressive and establishment wings of her party.

The strong showing by female candidates is in part thanks to an inflated Democratic voter turnout.

Smith will face Democratic Omar Baca in November, who is running uncontested.

For Republicans, the primary was a vivid exhibition of the Trump effect on GOP politics.

Fletcher did not win a majority of the vote, so the two will advance to a runoff on May 22, Politico reported, with the victor to face incumbent Republican John Culberson in November.

It's not uncommon for the Democrats' House campaign arm to have favorites in a primary, but they stepped beyond that recently, openly criticizing a Democratic hopeful in a Houston-area seat held by Republican John Culberson.

Stop us if you've heard this before: An up-and-coming Democrat stands tall against a mean old Republican in a red state, ushering in a wave of Democrat blue.

The surge in Democratic enthusiasm continued a pattern seen in earlier special elections and in the governor's race in Virginia past year, with voters largely galvanized by their opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. "I find it very divisive and dividing of many people and negative".

"That matters when it comes to knocking on doors, making phone calls, putting up signs - all of the grassroots activity that comes to winning congressional races in the fall", he said. Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is under felony indictment on charges of securities fraud, is unopposed in the primary.

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