However, GOP primary voters turned out in high numbers on Tuesday, returning balance to the partisan turnout comparison. Turn Texas blue? Not so fast. "But the votes have been counted and we know that so-called "blue wave" never made landfall". In the 1st District, 51 percent prefer a Democrat to 30 percent who favor a Republican - GOP Rep. Rob Wittman has long held the sprawling district easily, though three Democrats are now running for the chance to face him. Even more concerning was the lack of Democratic enthusiasm in districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC "got scammed" into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE carried in the 2016 presidential election.
State figures show that more than 1 million Democrats cast votes in primary races across the state on Tuesday, nearly twice as many as in 2014, the last time primaries were held for a midterm election.
Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a warning for his fellow Republicans: The party is in danger of losing both houses of Congress in November. Another is a sprawling district that runs along the Texas-Mexico border, where Gina Ortiz-Jones advanced to a May runoff and another woman, Judy Canales, was battling to join her. Over the past 14 months House Republicans have passed numerous teacher pay raise bills, including the "1-2-3 Plan" that would have provided a phased-in, $6,000 pay raise for teachers, and we funded the first phase of that plan in our budget last May.
"There were some very impressive increases for Democrats", Svitek says, "and I wouldn't be too upset if I were them this week". All candidates names had been posted online, and election officials were working their way through verifying about 30 remaining candidates Wednesday afternoon, checking that they meet residency and other requirements. Democrats will head into the election hoping to pick up two seats to take control of the Senate, but the poll suggests it's a tough fight.
Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016. Hoar also pointed to the candidacy of Republican Jessica Gomez in the third district as a reason for optimism. He remains popular among Texas Republicans, with support of more than 80 percent.
Over three election cycles since voters adopted the system, this has created dozens of one-party races for legislative and congressional seats and once put a congressional district with a significant Democratic registration margin into a runoff involving two Republicans.
The general election is in November. Almost half of the candidates who finished first in Democratic primaries were women (17 of 35).
"Some of the Trump effect is beginning to manifest itself", said Joe Brettell, a Republican strategist in Houston.
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