Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Buzz builds for O'Rourke among Texas Democrats

Buzz builds for O'Rourke among Texas Democrats

However, the number does not come close to the Republican votes which dominated in both midterm primaries.

So, perhaps the hope is that with the small turnout at a primary election, the decisions, which the legislature is pushing off on us, will sail through easier. Kopser describes himself as a problem solver and says he wants to "build new Democratic coalitions to make things work again" if he's elected.

They are hard-working and highly principled leaders who can mobilize and inspire the vast and underestimated Democratic base, while reaching out to voters beyond that base. Ted Cruz is generating excitement for Democrats voting in the Texas primary election. Pat Fallon, a Republican business owner from Frisco, is challenging state Sen. Early voting turnout for Republicans also increased, growing from 16,293 voters in 2014 to 20,134 voters in 2018. Still both candidates are operating on shoestring budgets. They also attract media attention.

Moreover, Texas's use of paperless voting machines and its failure to conduct robust post-election audits that test the accuracy of election outcomes leaves Texas vulnerable to hacking and malfunction. Why a former member is trying to oust his successor.

The status of the horse race isn't the only revealing element of congressional primaries, however. As we prepare to study this year's crop of candidates, it pays to look back at what we discovered in 2014 and 2016.

In 2010, during the midterm primaries only 19,197 democratic early voters took part in their civic duties.

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The fighting may not be over just yet, because if none of the four leading candidates receives 50-percent of the vote then the top two finishers will advance to a run-off.

In 2016, a presidential primary year, we wrote: "The drama in the presidential primaries, however, has not been mirrored in the congressional primaries". Abbott already has a war chest of about $43 million, more than the combined funds at this point of every Democratic candidate running in the state for governor, lieutenant governor and the U.S. Congress.

On a state legislative level, Democrats have candidates in 132 of the 150 state House districts and in 14 of the 15 state Senate districts up for election this year.

We're asking the same question for Republicans.

In our two previous cycles, lessons from the congressional primaries were almost perfectly predictive of what happened in the Congress. There are races going down all across Texas, and there are plenty worth watching, but it turns out some of the most intriguing primary races have Houston ties that make them particularly worth watching even if you don't treat politics like it's baseball. (Any office spanning multiple counties goes to the state party chair for a signature.) Johnston acknowledged the chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Carol Donovan, did not sign all of the applications and instead asked the executive director of the organization to sign them in her place. On the Republican side, we'll be looking at the degree to which "Trumpism"-that is, sharing the president's issue positions and attitudes toward government-has trickled down to the congressional primary level". There are hundreds of new Democratic candidates running in races where Democrats have failed to field a candidate in the past, and polls consistently show that Democrats are more interested and enthusiastic about the 2018 campaign than Republicans.

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