Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Texans vote in primary election on Tuesday

Texans vote in primary election on Tuesday

Ramsey warns that it's easy to read too much into early vote totals, since they may just indicate Democrats are taking advantage of the convenience of early voting.

"There's no way to look at this as positive for Republicans - it's either inconsequential, or it's bad", Mackowiak said.

Texans vote Tuesday in the first primaries of the 2018 midterm season. "That shows an enthusiasm gap". The Republican party, ironically, does not allow other parties to vote in their primary elections.

The high number of free-for-all races was prompted by the decisions of eight men in the Texas Congressional delegation - six Republicans and two Democrats - who opted to not run for re-election. "There is no question the Democrats are turning out in higher rates whether it's early or on election day".

Registered Democrats also outnumbered Republicans in early voting in the most populous counties tracked by the state.

Four Republicans are facing off in the primary, but the district is considered safely Democratic.

Democrat Amanda Murphy, overwhelmed by a surge of pro-Trump voters, lost her Pasco seat to Republican newcomer Amber Mariano.

That might account for some shifting in party allegiances, Cook said.

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The story is similar in Bell County with the Republican vote remaining strong with 9,639 votes overall in comparison to 6,908 in 2014.

Election officials suggest voters read over sample ballots that are available on the Tarrant County elections website ( before heading to the polls.

On the GOP side, Ryan foundthat first-time primary voters only made up about 11 percent of the early vote share, which is a dip from the 2014 midterm primaries.

The main target for Crowe and the other progressive in the primary, nonprofit CEO Elliott McFadden, is David Kopser, an Austin-based tech entrepreneur and Iraq War veteran who is following the traditional strategy for Democrats in conservative districts by running a campaign centered on being willing to reach compromises with Republicans and that won't trigger a Republican backlash at the polls.

That fundraising may help him make up for the lack of awareness Texas voters have of the Democrat, according to Texas Tribune executive editor and political analyst Ross Ramsey.

"Two things. One ... that's a trend that we have seen even nationally that Democrats tend to like early voting". But 65 percent of the Texas population lives in the 15 largest counties. Still, Rice University Professor Robert Stein believes the early voter turnout could be more than the state sees on election day. Ted Cruz. Although both face intra-party challenges, both are expected to easily win the primary. Democrats have 25 contested congressional primaries, and leading Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke raised $2.4 million in the final three months of 2017, more than Cruz's $1.9 million haul. Still both candidates are operating on shoestring budgets.

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