Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Democrats Launch 2018 Midterm Primary Campaign With Packed Texas Contests

Democrats Launch 2018 Midterm Primary Campaign With Packed Texas Contests

"So remember these are the primaries, so you're going to have to choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot", Sands said. However, the number does not come close to the Republican votes which dominated in both midterm primaries. That does not confirm ballots are cast as the voter intends and counted as cast.

Gov. Greg Abbott has two people challenging him in the Republican primary; political observers say he's easily expected to win.

A congressman who has launched a longshot bid to unseat Republican Sen.

Texas allows voting using machines that do not provide a paper record and fails to mandate statewide post-election audits to test the accuracy of election outcomes.

With the recent government shutdown, and the overall lack of congressional productivity, I must say that our two-party system is partly to blame.

Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) is surging in his campaign to defeat Sen.


The party has candidates in every Texas congressional district - 36 of them - for the first time in 24 years. Well, you know, it very well may, but we all consume this and I'm afraid this is going to hurt consumers.

O'Rourke has generated national buzz in his challenge to Cruz.

O'Rourke and Cruz aren't on the same Senate ballot yet, but the primary will be the first test of their standing ahead of their nearly certain Senate matchup in November. Bush, once considered the future of the Texas Republican Party, is trying to hang on against former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who's hit Bush hard over the Alamo and Hurricane Harvey response.

There's not much left to do but wait for the returns - and vote on Tuesday, if you haven't yet. But she's concerned the debate in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a Florida high school could lead to the confiscation of weapons from law-abiding citizens such as herself.

Historically, parties that hold the White House lose seats in midterms, even more when they also have complete control of Congress, and even more when the presidents approval rating is under 50 percent. Trump has said he wants to be highly involved in campaigning during the midterm races, but showing up in Texas could do more harm than good for his party. (Any office spanning multiple counties goes to the state party chair for a signature.) Johnston acknowledged the chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Carol Donovan, did not sign all of the applications and instead asked the executive director of the organization to sign them in her place. Sixty-year-old Laura Smith said Tuesday that she backs Trump because he has "guts", isn't afraid and is a strong leader.

"For the Democrats, the early vote turnout is modeling past presidential primaries", he added.


Democratic early voting across Texas' 15 most-populous counties, the only figures available, more than doubled that of the last non-presidential cycle in 2014. We saw this in 2016 when Hillary Clinton touted the early voting results to show an advantage over Donald Trump headed into the November general election.

Dallas County voters easily topped their previous best turnout for early voting in an off-year primary thanks to an energized Democratic electorate.

Polls open at 7 a.m. March 6 for regular voting.

In the General Election in November, voters may support who they wish, regardless of which ballot they voted on in March.

But Democrats haven't won a statewide office in Texas since 1994, and that losing streak should continue this year. Four years earlier, Republicans outvoted Democrats in early voting in those ten counties 253,019 to 184,489, respectively.


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