Texas primaries bring victories to Democrats, women candidates

Texas primaries bring victories to Democrats, women candidates”

The Houston Chronicle endorsed Jason Westin, a cancer researcher and doctor who's running on a platform of injecting science into policy debates, and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a business lawyer and Planned Parenthood volunteer. "We could see every statewide official in the state turning Democrat". Democrats in the Senate for a second time in recent weeks, proposed gun control bills, including banning teachers form carrying firearms at school, but the amendments were voted down, mostly along party lines.

Today, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the first 2018 midterm primary elections in the country will be held in the state of Texas.

A Houston-area congressional seat, now held by Republican John Culberson, pits national liberal groups against Democrats' House campaign arm in Washington.

Early voter turnout is the highest in history for any non-presidential election year in Texas, with almost 1 million ballots cast ahead of Tuesday.

Check out our voter guide here and preview some of the races we're watching, including a Republican primary race for a Texas Board of Education seat in North Texas.

"I do not support political strategies that are based on segregation and that's essentially what Donald Trump is pursuing right now, political segregation", Foley noted.

Tuesday's voting stood to give a fuller picture of just how big the Democratic tailwinds will be in November, when Trump will lead a Republican effort to maintain control of the House and Senate.

While Abbott has helped out all three candidates in one way or another, he has taken a particularly intense interest in unseating Davis, who's being challenged by Susanna Dokupil.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has his own primary says If you don't like the score you can change it at the polls.

How many primaries for those eight open congressional seats will have to be settled in runoffs? Neither O'Rourke nor Cruz had faced serious primary challengers, but O'Rourke has outraised Cruz and the incumbent has warned conservatives against complacency, suggesting that liberals will "crawl over broken glass in November to vote", against Trump and the GOP.

O'Rourke said he's gone by "Beto" since he was born.

The senator's name strength with independents and even moderate Republicans should ensure at least a runoff spot - though that could still set up a two-candidate battle with de Leon.

More than 1.3 million voters backed Sen. Since the beginning of the year, O'Rourke has raised almost $2.6 million to Cruz's $895,276. "This is why we're going to win - because we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore". Another former Cruz staffer, Jason Wright, is running in Texas' 5th congressional district against seven other Republicans.

Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar won outright with 61 percent of the vote.

If she wins the general election in November, Escobar would be one the first Hispanic women from Texas ever elected to Congress.

For the first time in more than 25 years, Democrats will be contesting each of Texas' 36 USA congressional districts, the party said.

-Texas Democrats turned out in force ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday in what could be an early hint of a midterm election backlash against President Trump, but their party remains a long shot to make much of a dent in Republican political dominance of the state. "Democrats must also defend 10 seats in states that Trump won", Cook points out.

Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, faced a tough GOP primary where there were questions as to whether he would garner the more than 50 percent necessary to advance to the general election. Party leaders are hoping for a strong contrast to a Republican primary that has been a race to right.

In the closing days of the campaign, he heavily touted Trump's endorsement of him.

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