Texas Democrats are competing again and that's good for democracy

Elias Hubbard
March 8, 2018

The senator has made no endorsement individually. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who has dominated in a three-way Republican primary for the seat now held by U.S. Rep.

Democrats fielded 111 congressional candidates Tuesday, including at least one for each of the 36 House districts in the state. Bernie Sanders' political organization, is angling for a spot in an nearly certain runoff.

Even some Houston Democrats who agree with their national counterparts' move in spirit worry it only strengthened Moser ahead of Tuesday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott easily clinched the GOP nomination, but Democrats appear to be headed for a runoff. "In this era with Donald Trump as President, with this Congress, and with this version of the Republican Party in charge, I felt like the time is now, there's no time to wait", he said before the primary. In a neighboring Chicago district, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is trying for another promotion after losing the 2015 mayor's race against Rahm Emanuel.

"If Democrats are able to pick up one or two U.S. House seats previously held by Republicans and cut into Republican margins in the state legislature. that would show that the party's "blue wave" is no mirage", said Cal Jillson, a political analyst at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

OH voters have since the 1982 midterms elected governors from the party that lost the White House two years earlier.

"People are not just voting for people because they are Democrats", Turner adds. Former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich sets the left flank with his calls for universal health care. As a result, it seems likely that Republican voters will support whoever is on their ticket in the general election. Republican Gov. John Kasich is term limited.

Phillips' statement was slammed by Democrats, who noted that she twice voted with the GOP majority to block votes on gun control measures.

Sessions said in an interview Tuesday that he's noticed the uptick in Democratic enthusiasm in his district but also pointed out that Republicans and Democrats cast roughly the same amount of ballots there in early voting.

Salerno said she entered the race after seeing Republicans' attempts to repeal Obamacare. But the environment within the party still forces Feinstein to withstand a challenge from the left.

The Democratic-controlled state Assembly approved a package of gun control measures Tuesday, including bills meant to keep weapons away from domestic abusers and people deemed likely to cause harm. Feinstein still holds a wide leads in polls, however, and should benefit from California's so-called jungle primary system, which that places every candidate, regardless of party, on the same ballot. The victor will not have a GOP opponent in the general election.

So far, O'Rourke has been campaigning to increase his name recognition and connect with middle-of-the-road voters, while Cruz has focused on shoring up support from the Republican base through speaking engagements at GOP meetings and fundraisers.

"So far, Dems are seeing big turnout gains vs. '14/'10 in major metro TX, but not almost as dramatic elsewhere". Democratic leaders, like their Republican counterparts, have rejected one obvious alternative: raising the federal gasoline tax for the first time since 1993. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce are retiring, while Reps. If this energy is consistent in purples states like Pennsylvania, we could see many milquetoast Republican candidates overwhelmed by enthusiastic progressives looking to #Resist President Trump.

Now Democrats in the seventh district, a longtime Republican stronghold that swung harder to Hillary Clinton than any other district in the country in 2016, will be faced with an unusual choice: a progressive candidate denounced by the official campaign organ of the House Democratic caucus, or a more moderate candidate rejected by the AFL-CIO.

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