National attention focused on Texas primary election

On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Beto Cruz of El Paso also has only nominal primary opposition. Republicans dominated both the early and voting day turnout. "We can't have national Democrats in here attacking our own candidates", says Texas party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. Five signed up for retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's seat in San Diego County. Democrats are working overtime to get young voters into the polls and grassroots organizations like Indivisible and Flippable are making big bucks that they're pumping into races.

Republican President Donald Trump has managed to accomplish something Democrats haven't in the past couple decades, at least in Texas: stir up, excite and unite Democrats about politics. This race will appear on the Republican Ballot.

There are seven candidates running in the primary race, one of the most bitterly contested in this cycle.

The same is true in what will be some of the most watched races this fall - primaries to see who will face Reps.

Beyond Texas, Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum predicts that immigration will be a determining factor in the dozens of districts where voters supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democratic turnout, however, was up in all ten counties except for Hidalgo County, which saw a drop in Democratic voter turnout from 6.1% of the voting age population voting early in 2014, to 5.1% in 2018. If a Bush in Texas endorsed by Trump were to lose, that would certainly be news.

If you didn't early vote, polls are open on Tuesday, March 6, from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. In 2014, the party only had 4,034 votes in early and mail voting.

Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, remains favored for re-election.

And it remains uncertain if the party's excitement is such that the lion's share of the vote came during the early voting period, which could drive down Tuesday's participation.

The Cook Political Report's David Wasserman found that in the top 15 counties in the state, the Democratic early vote had spiked 105 percent over 2014 numbers.

Terry County Elections Administrator Krystal Valentin reported that 684 local residents made their way to the Annex to cast a ballot in two weeks of early voting, including 625 republicans and 59 democrats.

For the first time in a quarter of a century in Texas, there's a Democrat running for all 36 congressional seats.

Others believe there are better Democratic candidates to defeat Culberson.

Eighteen Republicans are pursuing the opportunity to replace him as Republican nominee for the post when it comes up for election in November. Party officials favored state Senate leader Kevin de Leon 54 percent to 37, though 60 percent was needed for the party's official blessing.

That was before she moved home to run for Congress.

Some candidates are also celebrating the surge.

The DCCC's maneuvers - the very embodiment of "the establishment" that many voters hate - may have had the opposite of the intended effect and could end up propelling Moser into the May runoff. Created in 1992, the district-largely Hispanic, and comprised of parts of Pasadena and north Houston-was originally expected to be carried by a Hispanic representative, but Green managed to beat Garcia during that first race and proceeded to hold the seat year after year from then on. That would be troubling news for the Cruz campaign, which is trailing O'Rourke in fundraising by $1.5 million as of mid-February.

Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith did not seek renomination to his District 21 U.S. House seat.

But it's possible anti-Trump sentiment would lead to more Democrats showing up in November and less Republicans, which could take away much of the advantage Cruz would have going into the race.

"Not as high as the state average actually, so it could have been better", Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands said.

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