Dallas, Texas is another republican stronghold that is about to be toppled by democrats who are way outpacing republicans with early votes.
Republicans are sounding the alarms. (For candidate information see: Texas primary 2018: find candidates running for statewide TX Tribune …
As per a 1/24/18 Texas Tribune report by Ryan Murphy, “Texas will hold its 2018 primary elections on March 6 — the first state in the country to do so — and hundreds of candidates across the state have filed to run for public office. Below are the candidates who have filed for the Democratic and Republican primaries for statewide, congressional and legislative offices and the State Board of Education.”
“If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters will compete in a primary runoff on May 22.”
On February 26, 2018, Jackie Wang and Austin Bureau of the Dallas News penned the following report, “Texas Democrats’ early voting totals should ‘shock every conservative to their core,’ Abbott email says”
Early voting for the March (2018) primary is more than half over, and Democrats have outpaced Republicans at the polls on each day.
Through Sunday in the 15 Texas counties with the most registered voters, 135,070 people had voted in the Republican primary and 151,236 in the Democratic. Compared with the first six days of early voting in 2014, Democratic turnout increased 69 percent, while Republicans saw a 20 percent increase.
The Democrats even surpassed their early voting totals from the 2016 primary —
Democratic early voting turnout
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Republican early voting turnout
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Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of Republican voters this month that the left would “crawl over broken glass in November to vote. … We could get obliterated at the polls,” and other Republicans appear to be taking the Democratic surge seriously. Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign sent supporters an email Monday asking for donations to help him get out the vote, warning that the early voting numbers “should shock every conservative to their core.”
“I’ll be blunt: Democrat voter turnout is surging statewide during Early Voting,” reads the email, using bold and italicized red print. The email states that the last time Democratic primary voters came out so strongly was in the 1990s, during a gubernatorial election cycle, and that Democrats are flipping seats in special elections across the country in Republican strongholds.
“We’ve seen a surge of liberal enthusiasm in deep red states like Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma,” the email says. “We had always hoped the liberal wave would never hit Texas, but these early voting returns aren’t encouraging so far.”
“Usually Republicans tend to run up the numbers in the general and are beating their opponents by big margins, so the relationship is not positive, but it is for Democrats,” Rottinghaus said. “Because the [Democrats’] enthusiasm is so high, you’re likely to see more support for Democrats in November and that’s likely to cut into the margins that they’ll lose to Republicans.”
They’re still going to lose, but they’re going to lose by smaller numbers. In red Texas, that is a win.”
Tariq Thowfeek, Texas Democratic Party communications director, said the increase in voter turnout since the last midterm election shows that Texas Democrats are “marching, organizing and most importantly, they are voting.”
“Texans are fed up with Trump Republicans targeting our families, destroying our economic futures, and sabotaging our health care,” Thowfeek said in a written statement. “This year, we have a historical amount of candidates running in the Democratic primary. All of them believe this great state of Texas is worth fighting for.”
Harold Clarke, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, said that midterm elections are viewed as referendums on national politics, but that there’s no way to predict how what’s happening in Washington will affect races in the U.S. or in Texas.
“With the presence of Trump and the incredibly bitter politics in Washington, we just don’t know how that’s going to play out, but it could be influential in races across the country,” he said. “A strong dose of caution is in order right now.”
“Early voting runs through Friday (3/2/18).”