Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Blue wave meets red wall: Republicans out vote Democrats in Texas primary

Blue wave meets red wall: Republicans out vote Democrats in Texas primary

A new poll shows that if the election were held today, Democrats would lose half of the U.S. Senate seats they now hold in state's that were carried by President Donald Trump in 2016.

Statewide, it was the largest Democratic turnout in 17 years for a midterm primary with one million Democratic voters. It's likely that Kim will advance to November, and there's a possibility one of the other Republicans might pull a few more votes than any Democrat. While his seat is considered safe, he's facing a challenge from Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat from the El Paso area.

But even as Democratic optimism grew, there were signs of gradual erosion in the position of Democratic senators in states not only carried by Trump but carried very heavily.

Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota all polled less favorably than a Republican opponent, and all represent states won by President Donald Trump IN 2016. Trump filed a form with the Federal Election Commission announcing his 2020 candidacy on the same day as his inauguration in 2017.

"If you're going to run in Texas you can't be a liberal man".

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But while there were some successes down the political ladder, from first-time candidates running for state legislature and judgeships, the blue voter turnout seen in 2018's first primaries demonstrated that it will be years before red-run Texas becomes politically purple, despite its diversifying demographics.

For all the talk of renewed Democratic energy heading into 2018, Texas Republicans also set a new benchmark for turnout in a midterm election.

Democrats have candidates running in every congressional district for the first time since the Republican wave of 1994. The assortment of less-than-gargantuan Republicans who are running against Jon Tester may be easier to beat than a "generic" candidate.

On the Democratic side, there was bitter internal strife, dating back to the previous election cycle, between the "establishment" Democrats and the populist "Berniecrats".

On a more local level-seeking state legislative seats, judgeships, county clerk or the state board of education-the progressive group Run for Somethingreported that its candidates fared well in down-ballot races in some of the state's bluer epicenters.

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Was President Trump a factor in the Texas primary?

While the results fell predominantly along party lines, Republican support for Trump is falling.

"Left-wing rage may raise a bunch of money from people online, but I don't believe it reflects the views of a majority of Texans", he told reporters after winning the nomination.

Cruz said the "extreme left" could turn out in big numbers, motivated to fight the agenda of President Donald Trump.

Abbott will face either Lupe Valdez, who was Texas' first Hispanic, lesbian sheriff, or Andrew White, who opposes abortion and whose father, Mark, was governor in the 1980s.

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