Big Texas turnout another sign of Democratic energy in Trump era

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Big Texas turnout another sign of Democratic energy in Trump era

Republicans, on the other hand, accounted for 1.5 million votes.

At least 700,000 people voted in the Democratic primary election for U.S. Senate won Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Hogan, who ran for the seat as a Democrat last time around, won several counties around Laredo - including Webb, Starr and Cameron counties. "This is an uphill, very tough fight for the next eight months". About 1,038,000 voted in the Democratic primary - about 6.8 percent of registered voters. "This is my life-running for office-and to know it could be in jeopardy for some technicality or some arbitrary interpretation was ridiculous", said Ana Maria Ramos, a community college professor running for Texas House District 102.

"The point that we're trying to make here and this is where we walk away from our colleagues in the Senate is we don't think more guns is the answer", he said.

Democrats are hoping to seize onrush of new enthusiasm and Republicans hoping the state will stick to its red roots. CNN recently moved the Texas Senate race from Solid Republican to Likely Republican.

The same is true in Florida where the race for the seat held by retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, has drawn nine Democrats and seven Republicans.

The results of these primaries demonstrate clearly that the Democratic establishment needs to rethink their strategy if they want to capitalize on the potential energy of backlash to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE.

"I think people look more at the candidate - what he or she is like, what they're saying, what they believe in, what their voting record is", he offers.

Surges among Democrats could depend on minority and young voter turnout, which tends to be low in midterm elections, but the results from Tuesday night could give a sense of the level of engagement we can expect from so-called resistance voters come November.

Garcia and Veronica Escobar, the El Paso, Texas, county judge, could become the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas if they win their general elections.

Republicans also increased their presence at the polls in 2018.

While turnout was very high this year for Democrats - nearly double 2014 - Taylor said it's not a record.

Border district brawl: Party figures have split over this contest to take on GOP Rep.

Democrats Carl Sherman and Deshaundra Jones will face off to fill the seat occupied by Dallas Rep. Helen Giddings. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to explain on Wednesday why his campaign is attacking an opponent's nickname when Cruz uses one himself.

On a raw numbers basis, the Republicans had their biggest midterm primary showing ever.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick bested his primary challenger, Scott Milder, by a two-to-one margin.

Primary season kicked off with the Texas primary on Tuesday.

Cruz had more than 85 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, while O'Rourke go more than 60 percent of the vote - almost two-and-a-half times the amount of his nearest Democratic opponent, Sema Hernandez.

In the 32nd District contest to take on GOP Rep. Pete Sessions for his Dallas-area seat, former National Football League player Colin Allred led the way with 40%, and three other candidates battling in the mid-teens to make the runoff. When a candidate doesn't receive 50 percent of the vote plus one, the race goes to a runoff election, which will be held May 22. Republicans also had more candidates than in 2014 - 102 vs. 72 - but failed to run anyone in four Democratic-leaning districts. That's the same president who, as a candidate, described Bush's dad, Jeb, as an embarrassment to his family and a pathetic person.

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