Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

The Most Important Demographic for Election 2018

The Most Important Demographic for Election 2018

Texas has 36 seats in the House of Representatives; runoffs will be held in the congressional races in which no candidate secured a simple majority. "This is an uphill, very tough fight for the next eight months".

Texas is still Texas.

'This isn't about Democrats turning Texas blue or even purple, said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

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. Democratic votes doubled totals from 2014 and reached a level not seen in a midterm primary for the party since 2002. That's more than two and a half times the 41 candidates in the last midterm elections in 2014.

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As Republicans nationally confront Democratic energy spurred by anger with Trump, they're facing historical trends favoring the party out of power, retirements in their ranks, discouraging polling and a record of generally poor showings in local, state and special elections previous year. "More than that", observes The Resurgent's Marc Giller, "Cruz got nearly one and a half times the number of votes as all of the Democrat candidates combined".

Texas Democrats were hoping for a "blue wave" Tuesday night; instead, voters from both parties raced to the polls - and the minority party in the state fell short of the GOP in the vote tally once again.

Despite O'Rourke's aggressive campaigning and fundraising, he lost several border counties to a lesser-known primary challenger, Sema Hernandez, who received about 24 percent of the vote. That doesn't bode well for O'Rourke.

He talked about his campaign, and how it differs from Cruz's.

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Ned Ryun also believes that the dynamic in the race for Texas Congressional District 7 will help Republicans nationwide. Cruz is favored to win re-election in a state where Trump won by 9 percentage points and the last Senate election Democrats won was in 1988. According to unofficial returns, Cruz easily fended off four little-known challengers with 85 percent of the vote, while O'Rourke got an underwhelming - but still successful - 62 percent against two rivals. "This time around, we're seeing Democrats coming out of the woodwork to run for Congress". We saw more Democrats turn out. According to the Texas Election Code, if you haven't affiliated with a particular party during the same voting year - by either participating in another party's primary or another party's convention - you can vote in any party's primary runoff election as long as you're registered to vote for that race, according to the Texas Election Code. Numerous latter are not committed partisans: While they are highly motivated to support populists, many refuse to lend their support to more conventional Democratic candidates.

The geographic pattern is evocative of former state Sen. If anyone thinks either party will be able to put a thumb on the scale for any candidate this year, Texas provided a few flashing red lights. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, fearing Ms. Moser would be a weak candidate in the general election, blistered her for comments from a 2014 Washingtonian magazine article in which Moser said she'd "rather have her teeth pulled out" than live in rural Paris, Texas.

The president's party generally loses seats in mid-term elections, and President Trump's historically low approval ratings leave reason for Republicans to fret in November. Both were endorsed by Trump and avoided runoffs in bitter primary fights. To see more, visit KUT 90.5. "Not a chance on earth he gets the vote of millions of Texans", Sen.

Sessions said in an interview Tuesday that he's noticed the uptick in Democratic enthusiasm in his district but also pointed out that Republicans and Democrats cast roughly the same amount of ballots there in early voting.

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