Texas Democrats energized by early voting numbers

Virginia state delegate Danica Roem

Those that do not identify with a single party are left to pick the lesser of two evils, a game we saw largely in the 2017 presidential election.

A congressman who has launched a longshot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Primary elections have only a fraction of the voters who turn out for general elections - the combined number of voters who participated in the 2016 primaries made up just over 20 percent of those who voted in the general election that year.

Voting Tuesday morning in Dallas, 64-year-old Bonnie Kobilansky said she thinks Beto O'Rourke is "a good guy" and was excited to cast her vote for him. "... He certainly gives us fodder every single week", she said. We all know what happened. Rolling Stone titled their profile of O'Rourke: "Ted Cruz's Punk-Rock Problem". She will be facing off against her more liberal challenger state Senator Kevin de Leon. In the primary to face Culberson, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently lobbed attacks against one candidate they didn't feel would be a strong challenger given past derisive comments about places in the state.

But right now, in this brief calm before the storm, there's a moment to look back at the primary campaigns and figure out what it tells us about Texas politics. "This seems like kind of a long shot on the Republicans' part", says Theodore Rave, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center.

"People are more engaged than ever before".

Bush said the county, district and state Republican Party each passed resolutions against non-partisan elections during the GOP's last convention cycle.

And even though the Republicans numbers were also up from the midterm primaries four years ago, they still lagged the Democrats in the urban counties, and Democrats appeared to be closing the gap in the GOP-friendly large suburban counties. Now, he's mellowed out a little bit, he says he's digging a band called the Leaving Trains, who have a little more shoegaze to them than the teethy punk that O'Rourke played with Foss.

The same is true in Florida where the race for the seat held by retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, has drawn nine Democrats and seven Republicans.

None of the Assembly measures involve school security, but Heastie and other supporters of the legislation say the bills would keep firearms from getting into the hands of people intent on doing harm at a NY school. "It signals a Democratic electorate that is motivated to make a statement against Donald Trump, and that motivation is nowhere more powerful than in female voters".

Kobilansky, a nurse practitioner, wants "to see a complete change in the top of the government". Gina said, "It can't be surprising the number of women running, the number of women color running".

In the state's 15 biggest counties - those that get monitored before elections by the Secretary of State's Office - Democrats outnumbered Republican voters by about 45,000.

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

According to the Dallas County Elections Central Count Station, 63,377 Democrats cast their ballots during the early voting season.

Early voting concluded Friday in the March Primaries for numerous local, state, and national races, which will be decided when voters go to the polls on Election Day this Tuesday.

Even though Trump was not on the ballot, his presence was felt in the primary vote.

The District: Expansive in size, stretching from San Antonio all the way to El Paso, this district runs along roughly one-third of the entire U.S. -Mexico border.

It's not just an uptick in Democratic voters happening in Texas, but an increase in candidates putting their names on the ballot, too.

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