Here's what happened in the 2018 Texas primaries

Several last-minute candidates added to election roster

And of the almost 50 women running for Texas Congress, more than half won their primaries or will be in run-offs in May, according to the Associated Press. Instead, they are far more likely to focus on three congressional districts and a marginal State Senate district, as well as five or 10 Texas House seats.

Yesterday's Texas primaries formally kicked off Campaign 2018 with a bang, but perhaps not the electoral explosion a lot of Democrats had hoped for.

The Democratic congressman outraised the Republican senator in the last quarter of 2017 and has touted his candidacy's grassroots appeal for Texas Democrats who haven't had much to cheer about lately.

The midterm elections have kicked into gear as Texas voters headed to the polls for the first statewide primaries of 2018.

Also disheartening is that there are several cases of Democratic women attempting to thwart strong female candidates whose opponents are less progressive but more connected to donors. Democratic turnout was up 84 percent from four years ago, but Republican added to their record numbers from 2014, according to data from the secretary of state's office.

More than 1,036,950 voters cast ballots for the U.S. Senate race in Tuesday's Democratic primary, the party's highest midterm primary election total in at least 24 years. We've gone over acceptable forms of ID in a previous Texplainer here.

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Cruz easily won his party's nomination for a second term in the Senate, but he all but admitted that he would have a far more hard general-election campaign this time around against Democratic nominee Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who has cast his campaign as a movement and boasted of 10,000 volunteers in the state. O'Rourke has refused donations from outside political groups and 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.

Two of those Democratic net gains came in Texas congressional districts. If Ortiz Jones were to win the runoff, then defeat the incumbent, she would become the first Filipina-American to serve in Congress.

"I think that she's actually more likely to win, name ID especially, since she's been in elected office is one thing, and I think beyond that, too". "This is not a spectator sport". "This is not a spectator sport, we've got to participate, all of us and that's what's important". "Sometimes it's against the overconfidence that comes with the success". Party aides say the comments would be used by Republicans to make Moser unelectable in the 7th Congressional District, but their intervention has miffed Texas Democrats, including some of her opponents. "But it's still a Republican state and he's running against an incumbent". "Texas results confirmed the conventional wisdom that millions of Democrats can't wait to express their displeasure with President Donald Trump at the polls", Rasmussen continued.

"If Democrats are able to pick up one or two US House seats previously held by Republicans and cut into Republican margins in the state legislature.that would show that the party's 'blue wave" is no mirage, said Cal Jillson, a political analyst at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "Left-wing rage may raise a bunch of money from people online, but I don't believe it reflects the views of a majority of Texans".

Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said Wednesday that he would not have interfered in a Democratic congressional primary in Texas as the campaign arm of House Democrats did recently to attack a progressive House candidate. Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is under felony indictment on charges of securities fraud, is unopposed in the primary.

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.


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