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Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Travis County voter turnout doubles in 2018 Democratic primary

Travis County voter turnout doubles in 2018 Democratic primary

National eyes were on Republican Rep. John Culberson's 7th District in the Houston area, and specifically, Laura Moser - the candidate the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attacked as incapable of winning a general election over comments in articles the journalist and activist had written while living in Washington.

Tuesday night's showdown between the two men has been used to demonstrate that Texas, a conservative state that has not elected a Democrat in a statewide position since 1994, might be in play for the liberal Democratic Party. Here are some things to know from the first state primary in the nation.

"Voters are saying the most important issues are the economy, jobs and national security and they favor Republicans significantly on all three: By 11 points on the economy, 9 points on jobs and 19 points on national security".

Looking forward to other midterms, it appears in that deep-red states, it will be hard to flip seats and draw out new voters, given that much of the Democrats' early votes in the Texas primaries were from existing primary voters.

So while Democrats came out to vote in record numbers in this Texas primary, Republicans made a strong enough showing to at least mildly stifle any excessive amount of blue enthusiasm.

Voters had an unusually large number of races to decide on in this primary election, with three county Commissioners Court races contested as well as several state and congressional districts seeing competition.

If voters wanted to establish a benchmark for the night, they did so in the Democratic race for U.S. Representative District 29 where Sylvia Garcia with 63.21 percent of the vote won the right to face either Phillip Aronoff (38.61 percent) or Carmen Maria Montiel (23.58 percent) in the fall once the Republican runoff elections take place. That said, O'Rourke's soft spot so far has been name recognition.

Political experts closely scrutinized Tuesday's voting for a more complete picture of just how big the Democratic tail winds will be in November, when Trump will lead a Republican effort to maintain control of the House and Senate. "But it's still a Republican state and he's running against an incumbent". Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

So, in which 2018 primary races will there be a runoff?

Miller won easily despite being known for tweeting a derogatory term to refer to Hillary Clinton, sharing a Facebook post advocating bombing the "Muslim world" and other misleading reports that claimed to be factual news. The Texas AFL-CIO endorsed anyone but her, and the Working Families Party spent $20,000 running ads against her in the primary and plans to spend more against her in the runoff.

Women across the country are running for Congress in unprecedented numbers this year, with more than twice as many women launching campaigns for the 2018 midterms than they did in 2016.

Becerra, a San Marcos business owner, won the seat by consistently holding almost 70-percent of the 10,488 ballots cast in the race.

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.

The early indications from Texas suggest that the Democratic primary voters are more likely to prefer progressive Democrats and reject the establishment.

"I just don't think that's what folks in Texas want us to focus on", he said. Wall had embraced the president in her campaign but failed to break through.

Paxton beat Huffines on Tuesday by about 10 percentage points in their race for an open state Senate seat.

"We have candidates everywhere, and that means we are reaching voters who haven't heard from Democrats in a long time", Texas Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa told the Associated Press.

Mr. O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, has called for banning AR-15-style assault rifles in wake of last month's mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

"I'm the kind of person that we need to get rid of him", Bryce said, "[because] I'm the opposite of what he is".

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