March 18, 2018

Despite improved Dem showing, Texas GOP sets midterm record

08 March 2018, 01:28 | Christie Tate

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"We could see every statewide official in the state turning Democrat".

The only pro-choice Republican in the Texas legislature secured her party's nomination in Tuesday night's primary, despite fierce opposition from the state's arch-conservative governor, Greg Abbott. "Congressman O'Rourke is a left-wing liberal Democrat".

While the March 6 Texas primary elections may be over, several races still don't have a clear victor. And the increases were most pronounced in urban and suburban areas where the party is hoping to reclaim House seats now held by Republicans.

"The people of this district sent a message to those in Austin that we reject the politics of personal destruction, of anything-goes deception, and of pitting Republican against Republican in the name of amassing personal power", Davis said in a victory speech Tuesday evening. The Democratic vote was up in the 15 most populous counties, but the rural vote is still overwhelmingly Republican.

Although the turnout wasn't as strong as hoped, in the end, Texas Democrats surpassed one million voters for the first time since 2002. For all the attention on Democratic turnout - and turnout was high for Democrats - they were swamped by voters on the GOP side.

In California, multiple Latinos are running in various races, but with the "jungle primary", where the top two vote getters move ahead to the general election, there is a fear among Democrats of splitting the Latino vote. In fact, Abbott garnered 373,979 more votes than all the Democratic gubernatorial candidates combined. Both parties want to have an edge when that begins after the 2020 Census. "My philosophy is simple: put together smart legislation, do it in a bipartisan way and actually solve the problem", he says.

The vote tends to be seen as a referendum on the president - even though he will not be on the ballot himself - and will determine if his Republican party retains control of Congress. "That position is held by, generally, older male white voters and they turn out in very substantial numbers".

According to the latest election results from the secretary of state's website, more than 30 races are headed to the primary runoffs.

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"We could concentrate in blue parts of Texas and really run up the score in the primary", he said.

"I don't think he (O'Rourke) did as well as he could have done".

In a Dallas-area county won by Clinton in 2016, Republican congressman Pete Sessions will likely be challenged by former National Football League player Colin Allred, who came in first in the primary, assuming he wins the runoff in May.

That means if primary turnout in other states look like 2006, it might be another sign (along with the generic congressional ballot and special elections) that 2018 is shaping up to be a big Democratic year nationwide. Barton, whose district is home to at least 7,700 Dreamers, supports a legislative fix to DACA.

Rice political science professor Mark Jones believes the DCCC's intervention may have backfired because it identified Moser as the most progressive candidate in the race. But Democrats would be unwise to choose Moser to represent the party in the general election.

Shirley McKellar, an Army nurse who was wounded in Iraq, won in the 1 District northeast of Houston, but her 9,181 votes were swamped by six-term Republican incumbent Louis Gohmert's 64,001. That was double the Democratic primary turnout in the last midterm. John Culberson, Will Hurd and Pete Sessions - who saw 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outpoll Trump in their districts.

But once ordinary voters begin to tune in, he said the campaign will enter a new and more combative phase. Around 8 in 10 Americans want the program to continue, a recent CNN poll found.

Media captionWhy are this Republican and Democrat on the road together? In the 32nd District, meanwhile, voting was split almost evenly at 49.2 percent Democrat and 50.8 percent Republican. For young immigrants, that could further relieve the pressure their facing without a permanent DACA fix. "Right now, they are ceding that entire debate to Democrats".

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