Turnout Up for Texas Democrats, but GOP Dominates in Primaries


"WAKE UP CALL", tweeted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, in January, after a Democrat handily won a state legislative seat that Republicans won by 27 points in 2016.

The White House unveiled a $200 billion infrastructure plan last month that sought to "stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new investment over the next 10 years", largely from local and private sources.

Perhaps no group got spanked harder Tuesday night than Empower Texans, a conservative group known for using hardball tactics and waging aggressive campaigns against legislators like Davis and Larson who buck the Tea Party orthodoxy. And the increases were most pronounced in urban and suburban areas where the party is hoping to reclaim House seats now held by Republicans.

Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took 1,164,881 votes, or 75.9 percent of the Republican ballots - more than 200,000 ahead of the combined totals of Democratic victor Mike Collier (591,457) and runner-up Michael Cooper's 455,988.

To be fair, the court articulated a sensible standard when it struck down the GOP map. Of course, modern courts have rarely been bashful about giving themselves maximum leeway in the constitutional schema, so it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will invalidate the Pennsylvania court's maneuver, the plain text of our founding charter notwithstanding.

"Generic" opposition can be stronger or weaker than an actual opponent; it's mostly a test of basic partisanship. "Additionally, it is clear that the governor's coattails continue to be the most effective and sought after in the state". So until that changes, or until Latinos in South Texas truly get fired up for a favored Democratic statewide candidate, "This whole stuff about a blue wave coming, don't hang your hat on that", Slater said.

The researchers also teased out the results by congressional district and found huge advantages for Democrats in several closely watched Northern Virginia races. "For longer than any of our current members have been in the House, Democratic Caucus members have stood side-by-side with teachers and have fought to protect funding for our most valuable resource - public education".

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It remains to be seen just what effect this tinkering will have in November. In the 32nd District, Colin Allred will face Lillian Salerno for the Democratic nomination. Only people registered to vote in that political party can vote in their primary. "No blue wave, anyway". Hurd will have some ground to make up, but he's likely to catch a lot of national GOP money in what could be a tough, though still winnable, race in a true swing district.

Wall's failure was also seen as a potential warning sign of the limits of Republicans going all-in on Trump this election year.

All told, this was a bold power play by the court's Democrats and a deeply disingenuous one at that. "But we are one family in the Republican Party". But if we accept the court's reasoning, what then justifies the narrow, Democratic majority hijacking the process?

The two parties took different approaches to their polling-Republicans ask for direction on specific legislation and Democrats take a broader approach on general social issues. Sure we may have differences in our family.

The margin, however, is not any better and is actually slightly worse for them than it was in 2006, another year when Democrats turned out exceptionally well.

We already had sufficient evidence that Democrats are more enthusiastic this cycle.