Texans vote in primary election on Tuesday

by Antonio Miles March 7, 2018, 0:11
Texans vote in primary election on Tuesday

That was double the party's early voting totals for the 2014 midterm election and surpassed the 420,329 people who voted early in this year's Republican nominating contest. Early voting in Texas ran through last Friday, March 2.

In Texas, voters can switch parties and vote in the primary of their choice for strategic reasons.

The 2018 congressional primary season has officially begun.

They've drawn so many hopefuls from each party, that most primary races won't have anyone winning a majority of Tuesday's votes, meaning runoff elections May 22 will determine who will be on November's general election ballot. Democrats early turn out was up 105 percent statewide. "It's a good gauge of the incredible progressive energy we have across the country in a state that is ranked at the bottom of the barrel in voter turnout".

Voting data from the 2016 election shows that younger voters, those age 18-29, voted in smaller numbers than older voters. On the Republican side, there had been only a 15 percent uptick.

While that's less than 9 percent of the state's eligible voters, it still shows an increase of almost 300,000 voters over four years ago. Both candidates have been so tainted, the Democratic challenger, either marriage-equality plaintiff Mark Phariss or Brian Chaput have had much of their work done for them.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

But Democrats have taken the move as a last-ditch attempt by the GOP to win elections in traditionally blue Dallas County-accusations Alvarez-Bingham fervently denies.

"It's one word - enthusiasm".

"So remember these are the primaries, so you're going to have to choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot", Sands said.

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But others will determine the candidates in some of the nation's top battlegrounds for control of the House. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso.

Democrat Amanda Murphy, overwhelmed by a surge of pro-Trump voters, lost her Pasco seat to Republican newcomer Amber Mariano.

Over time, fear of being "primaried" has made conservative interest groups more powerful, especially the NRA, which grades lawmakers and candidates from A-plus to F on one issue, guns.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised eyebrows in Culberson's district when it publicly released a memo calling one of its seven candidates, Laura Moser, a "Washington insider" who'd once declared she'd "rather have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in Paris, Texas.

But Democrats say public outrage over preventable gun violence and the gun lobby's grip on Tallahassee have the potential to transform politics. "It's a state still that is a right of center state, but I'm very encouraged", Angle said.

Yes, because Texas is an open-primary state.

Now, O'Rourke is outraising Cruz, while Trump could become a liability for the Republican. "The only way to win this race is to motivate our base, and you don't motivate your base by running as Republican-lite", McFadden said. There are hundreds of new Democratic candidates running in races where Democrats have failed to field a candidate in the past, and polls consistently show that Democrats are more interested and enthusiastic about the 2018 campaign than Republicans.

Voters will be required to produce identification to cast their ballots. "I think we are going to see more votes cast in-person early, and by mail absentee than we will on election day", Stein said.

For the first time in a decade, more Democrats voted early than Republicans in the Nueces County primaries.

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

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