Texas primaries kick off US midterm campaign


Democrats were hoping to make a statement in the Texas primary, but Tuesday night's turnout numbers make it pretty clear that Texas is still a Republican state.

It was also a big night for two Hispanic women, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, who won their Democratic primaries and are poised to become the first two Latina congresswomen in a state where a population boom has been driven by Hispanic growth. Of the highest offices on Texas ballots, only one went to a runoff.

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. Total Democratic early votes exceeded Republican ones roughly 465,000 to 420,000, though those figures combined accounted for less than 9 percent of the state's total registered voters. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border in 2014, during her bid to be state governor. And she would need some of them to win. The state Democratic Party last month endorsed her more liberal opponent, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared to easily win the GOP nomination, and as of midnight, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, appeared to have clinched the Democratic nomination with more than 60 percent of the vote.

"We watched that progressive energy grow into a record-breaking number of candidates and an incredible excitement around the March primary", Thowfeek said. Even in Democratic strongholds, where partisan control isn't at play, the battles will help determine the direction of the party.

The spending would be offset by clawing back two-thirds of the revenue lost in the Republican tax bill by reinstating a top income tax rate of 39.6 percent, restoring the individual alternative minimum tax, reversing cuts to the estate tax, and raising the corporate income tax from 21 percent to 25 percent. 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. Barton, whose district is home to at least 7,700 Dreamers, supports a legislative fix to DACA.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised eyebrows in Culberson's district when it publicly released a memo calling one of its seven candidates, Laura Moser, a "Washington insider" who'd once declared she'd "rather have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in Paris, Texas.

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The seat opened up after Murphy resigned in October amid reports that he urged a woman with whom he had been having an extramarital affair to get an abortion. The party has flipped 39 seats from red to blue, compared to just four that have gone from blue to red.

Gov. Greg Abbott clinched the Republican nomination for governor and enters the general election as a heavy favorite against whoever emerges from the Democratic primary. All states voted heavily for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"Experts have warned that a future attack on our election infrastructure, by Russian Federation or other malicious actors, is all but guaranteed". Inaction on DACA could further their displeasure with the turn the Republican Party has taken on the issue. Trump's favorable ratings are higher in this district than others, but 47% of voters disapprove of the job he's doing, according to a Monmouth University poll. Around 8 in 10 Americans want the program to continue, a recent CNN poll found.

There is still a slim chance that lawmakers act to solve the DACA fix before it's too late-both for Dreamers and the jeopardized Republican majority.

Who will take on Abbott: Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, running to oppose Republican Sen. And Noorani says a save could be a boon for lawmakers on the right heading into November.

When asked if he was anxious about an anti-Trump backlash in Texas that could affect him in the general election against O'Rourke, Cruz said he wasn't.