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10 March 2018, 01:32 | Christie Tate
Democrats hope for a blue wave in Texas midterm primaries
-Democrats in deep-red Texasturned out Tuesday in the largest numbers in more than two decades for a midterm primary election, propelling women candidates toward challenges to entrenched male Republicans in Congress and venting their anger at President Trump in the first state primary of 2018. But does it signal a November wave? But conservative Democrats dominated Texas politics in the 1970s and 1980s, and 1994 marked a key time when state political dominance flipped. "As a district, that is particularly very wide and has swung back-and-forth between Republican and Democrat", Dr. Boehmer said. GOP donor Kathaleen Wall, a candidate who likened herself to a "female Trump" who funneled $6 million of her own funds into her campaign and had support from Republican Gov.
More than 1 million Democrats cast ballots in the midterm primary for the first time since 2002, which were the first elections after the September 11 attacks. But after the polls closed, Republicans predictably regained a sizeable advantage in total votes cast. Meanwhile in the Texas Legislature, among the 181 seats that make up the House and Senate, just 37 women hold office, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
But in the 39 and 49 districts, where longtime incumbents Ed Royce and Darrell Issa are retiring, Democrats risk not making the ballot despite Hillary Clinton's carrying both districts in 2016.
The election is still months away and several Republican candidates have yet to be named, so these numbers will most likely change.
Clare Bresnahan English, executive director for She Should Run, a group encouraging more women to run for public office, said she's anticipating the Texas primary results will have a ripple effect that will get more women to become candidates. She now faces a far-left primary challenger, State Senate Leader Kevin de Leon, who is running on universal Medicare and free college tuition.
The corporate rate, which was slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent under the GOP plan, would climb back to 25 percent under the Democratic proposal. However, what's encouraging for liberals is that more Democrats voted in the Texas primaries than in any comparable race since 2002.
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Republicans are counting on the new tax law to boost their standing with voters ahead of what is expected to be a grueling midterm election that could threaten their hold on the majority.
"When you net the results, there are hundreds of thousands more voting in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary, so we absolutely have our work cut out for us", O'Rourke said by phone Wednesday.
Due to a busy schedule and lack of knowledge regarding current issues, Plan II sophomore Abbey Bartz said she did not vote in the primary election even though she is registered to vote in Austin.
The infrastructure proposal would also include measures from Senator Cantwell's Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. "They hate the president".
In terms of female candidates, Texas will also get its first two Latina members of Congress.
About failing to win such a high percentage of the vote against overmatched rivals, O'Rourke noted that he has focused on campaigning all over Texas, including strongholds for those who cast ballots in the Republican primary. If Kulkarni emerges as a victor in the runoff, he will run against the incumbent Republican representative Pete Olson.
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