The Grayson County Elections Administration said more than 6,000 voters made their choices during early voting: 5,200 Republicans and 900 Democrats. At this point, as the following chart indicates, Republican incumbents stand to face more competition than their Democratic counterparts from two key sources.

Across the state, especially in Texas' urban counties, final early voting numbers reflect a similar trend. Party aides say the comments would be used by Republicans to make Moser unelectable in the 7th Congressional District, but their intervention has miffed Texas Democrats, including some of her opponents.

Total Democratic early votes exceeded Republican ones roughly 465,000 to 420,000, though those figures combined accounted for less than 9 percent of the state's total registered voters. In the last two gubernatorial cycles, Republicans had the advantage and were well ahead of Democrats.

Democrats need to flip 24 GOP-seats to reclaim a majority in the U.S. House.

In other words, should the crowded races for the Republican nomination to Denton County Commissioner Precinct 4 or District Clerk head to a runoff, no one who voted in the Democratic primary could cross over to cast a ballot in that runoff election.


These numbers are reflected in statewide turnout as well.

The Texas primaries are considered "semi-open". The media is labeling this swarm of Democratic candidates a "pink wave", but what's important to watch is for establishment or incumbent Democrats to lose primary challenges.

O'Rourke is one of the strongest Democratic candidates to run for statewide office in Texas since my former boss and mentor Lloyd Bentsen served brilliantly in the Senate and as secretary of the Treasury.

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.

First. We are a republic. Several longtime members of the Texas Republican House delegation are not running for re-election this year, leaving six Republican-held House seats open.


Right now, the prediction is that Schumer's support paired with Javed's money will make it hard for Garcia to win outright, likely sending the race into a runoff, but we won't know until we know. Ted Cruz even more reason to panic. However, the number does not come close to the Republican votes which dominated in both midterm primaries.

The report comes from the Center for American Progress, which gave Texas and a number of other states a "D" grade overall.

And it's really not surprising that there is a big push to have the issues in question be voted upon during the June primary election.

"Texas is the nation's bellwether right now", said Tariq Thowfeek, the communications director for the Texas Democratic Party. If Cruz has a weaker-than-expected showing in the primary, it could signal weak Republican enthusiasm. From January till mid-February of 2018, O'Rourke has out-fundraised his Republican rival by at least $1.5 million, according to CNN.

Meredith Kelly, a party spokeswoman, explained the move saying the committee wants to "ensure that there's a competitive Democrat on the ballot" in November, the implication being that Culberson and Republicans would use the same material to make Moser unelectable.


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