The Primaries Project: What to expect in the 2018 Midterms

Hannah Rogers
March 7, 2018

Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Republicans asked for the judge, Eric Moyé, to recuse himself; Moyé is a Democrat and has donated to local and national Democratic candidate campaigns. "I think for many of us it was not the outcome we expected or wanted and we know that the only way that we can change it is for us to get out there and do something about it", TX-07 congressional candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher said.

Cruz, unlike Cornyn, is up for re-election in 2018, and is fending off a challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, a U.S. representative from El Paso who has been touring every county in the state.

A close Republican primary race Tuesday could be for land commissioner, where George P. Bush was the first member of his family to win his first election four years ago but drew an unlikely challenger in Jerry Patterson, a former Bush supporter who preceded him as land commissioner.

In Bexar County, among the most competitive races is in the Democratic race for District Attorney, where incumbent Nico LaHood is being challenged by defense attorney Joe Gonzales.

"It's all about anger, and anger is a hell of a motivator", said Cook, who also suggested that many Republican voters are displeased with Trump's performance so far.

But this year, this conservative bit of Texas is shaping up as one of the many laboratories in which the Democratic Party is testing its new identity - and figuring out how to win. Throughout that period, the surge has favored the Democrats.

"If the numbers follow, we'd be looking at a turnout of somewhere between 25,000-30,000 tomorrow", he said.

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Yes, because Texas is an open-primary state. In 2014, by contrast, Republicans outpaced Democrats in early voting ― 365,423 voters to 226,730. Ted Cruz. While O'Rourke still remains an underdog, he's been drawing large crowds and has even outraised Cruz recently with the help of small-dollar donors.

Voters head to the polls in Tuesday's congressional primary in the majority-Hispanic 29th District in Houston.

Mackowiak noted that several factors are in play that affect voter turnout in the primary, including whether there are high-profile contested statewide elections. Registered voters may cast a ballot in either primary from year to year. We'll be identifying and counting the number of "mini-Trumps" running in this year's primaries and we'll be seeing how they do, especially in races against more mainstream Republicans. 6100 people early voted in-person in the county.

Matt Mackowiak, another Republican strategist in the state and chairman of the Travis County GOP, argued that the true test of Democratic enthusiasm will be on Tuesday night. "I'm not sure that it is yet, and just because you have stronger turnout in the primary doesn't mean it translates into Election Day vote in November".

"There's no way to look at this as positive for Republicans - it's either inconsequential, or it's bad", Mackowiak said. They also are targeting at least two Republican incumbents whose support bases have weakened, in part due to shifting demographics.

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