Early voting shows Democratic turnout up 80 percent in Grayson County

Kennedy O'Rourke and the rising Democratic stars of 2018

Kennedy O'Rourke and the rising Democratic stars of 2018

"We are the first primary in the 2018 season".

- The final numbers for early voting in the Texas primaries show Democrats outvoted Republicans.

In the General Election in November, voters may support who they wish, regardless of which ballot they voted on in March. His most notable challenger, Stefano de Stefano, is running as a moderate Republican, and his "shoestring" campaign doesn't have the resources to offer a serious challenge to Cruz.

Voters' attitudes about the state of the country - Are we in a recession? By comparison, Republicans are only up 15 percent. It could be, in part, because of the number of Democratic candidates.

Also on the GOP ballot is the race for District 121 state representative, where the incumbent, Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss, decided not to run for re-election.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

In most years for Denton County, Democrats take in only 10-25 percent of the total primary votes.

"Every two years the Democrats find some sort of factoid to fixate on and convince themselves that this is the year where they make Texas competitive - and every two years it falls flat", said Chris Wilson, a pollster for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott, both Texas Republicans.

But others will determine the candidates in some of the nation's top battlegrounds for control of the House. There are several GOP-held districts like that which could be at play in Texas, such as Rep. Pete Sessions's suburban Dallas seat and Rep. John Culberson's suburban Houston district, which, along with Rep. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. "I don't think it's going to have any effect on our outcome". "It signals a Democratic electorate that is motivated to make a statement against Donald Trump, and that motivation is nowhere more powerful than in female voters". Throughout that period, the surge has favored the Democrats. Democrats in the state are proudly touting the fact that for the first time in over two decades, the party has fielded candidates in all of Texas' 36 congressional districts. That move prompted a backlash from some progressive groups and criticism from the head of the Democratic National Committee. "It's a state still that is a right of center state, but I'm very encouraged", Angle said.

Some of the issues that helped Trump nationally, such as reworking trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), can be vulnerabilities in Texas, where the state's economy is heavily dependent on trade with neighbor Mexico. This race will appear on the Republican Ballot. That would be troubling news for the Cruz campaign, which is trailing O'Rourke in fundraising by $1.5 million as of mid-February.

"You're robbing people of the ability of being able to vote in these races, which is effectively muting their political voice", said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston.

We'll be watching to see how many Republicans and Democrats turned out to vote compared to past election years. As of March 2, 885, 574 Texans had voted early, either by mail or in person. "That shows an enthusiasm gap". Between now and the end of September, a few thousand candidates will compete to represent their party in November's general election-and their success or failure will reveal how the country feels about President Trump as well as a host of other issues. Republicans dominated both the early and voting day turnout.

"There is a reason to be concerned, for sure", said Matt Mackowiack, a veteran Republican operative in Austin.

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