The Significance of Primary Elections in 2018

Sup-porters of Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke cheer during a Democratic watch party Tuesday in Austin following the Texas primary election

Sup-porters of Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke cheer during a Democratic watch party Tuesday in Austin following the Texas primary election

"While we see more divisiveness at the congressional level among Republicans than among Democrats, the levels are small" (p. 18).

Among the prominent politicians up for reelection are Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Republican Sen. Both candidates have been so tainted, the Democratic challenger, either marriage-equality plaintiff Mark Phariss or Brian Chaput have had much of their work done for them.

On the Democratic side, there are nine candidates on the ballot vying for the gubernatorial nomination, and three vying for the Senate nomination.

But the early voting turnout also showed the Democratic Party may have gained a foothold in Texas' ninth-most populous county.

Data out of the Nueces County Elections office shows 6,755 Democrats cast early ballots, compared to 5,487 Republicans. If you haven't voted already, please check out our Texas Voter Guide to see where the candidates appearing on your ballot stand on cannabis reform. As Lira drew no opponents, he will face the victor of the March 6 Primary and likely run-off election in the November General Election. Now he's a central figure in midterm primaries.

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The one where a grandson of former-President George H.W. Bush may actually lose: The Bush family has had tremendous pull in Texas ever since George H.W. Bush arrived in Houston and was elected to Congress in 1967, but now things are looking dicey for the current Bush-in-Texas, Land Commissioner George P. Bush. But Texas suburbs were a rare bright spot for Hillary Clinton in 2016: While Mitt Romney won the district by 22 points in 2012, Trump carried it by just 10 points. Trump is still popular with his base, but because he's so historically unpopular with so many other voters his ability to help his fellow Republicans is diminished. One of her 30-second ads alternates between images of Trump and Wall, while a voiceover offers attributes of the two: "Successful businessman man".

The attack categorized Moser as a Washington insider, and cited an article in which she said she'd rather have her teeth pulled without anesthesia than live in Texas. In 2014, 1,085 democrats and 4,940 republicans submitted their ballots.

Liberal groups also have cried foul. So who are the others?

In the battle for state legislative seats in Texas, Democrats aren't playing in every district, but the party does have a larger presence than in recent years.

Democrats would need to win five of 20 Senate seats up this fall to regain a majority.

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The Houston seat is likely headed to a runoff.

Beto O'Rourke and a sterling cast of Texas Democratic candidates running for the House in 2018 have the potential to turn Texas purple in November.

The Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party is backing candidates like Laura Moser, whose progressive ideology is well outside the mainstream. Farenthold's decision to retire came as the House Ethics Committee reopened an investigation into the claims of a former press secretary, Lauren Greene, who settled a federal lawsuit against the congressman in 2015.

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.

Were the judge to rule in the GOP's favor, however, it could essentially suppress the vote of people of color, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic in the state, said Randy Johnston, the attorney representing the Democratic Party in the case.

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Cruz's campaign did not respond to requests for comment, but Cruz is taking the race seriously. The senator also is using his stature with endorsements in several of the 21 contested Republican House primaries. "He's the subcommittee chair here that controls the money that flows to the Department of Justice".

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