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Early voting numbers up for both parties

07 March 2018, 12:08 | Colleen Roy

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke D-El Paso, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Marjorie Kamys Cotera O'Rourke Robin Jerstad Cruz

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke D-El Paso, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

"Democrats are showing up in the primary election, does that mean more are going to show up in the general election?"

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. Comparable to the 33,125 Republicans who went to the polls early.

Cal Jillson, a political analyst at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said that although O'Rourke is a long shot to beat Cruz, Democrats are poised to narrow the electoral gap in Texas. "While we see more divisiveness at the congressional level among Republicans than among Democrats, the levels are small" (p. 18). "It signals a Democratic electorate that is motivated to make a statement against Donald Trump, and that motivation is nowhere more powerful than in female voters".

But there's one flaw in that profile for Republicans - highly educated voters generally do not like Trump. In fact, just eight years ago it was quite the opposite. And they are crushing Republican turnout. (See Initiated Measure 22, 2016 election). "Texas is super Republican so I feel it's so important to vote as a Democrat early".

Texas voters came out in record numbers for the primary early voting in a midterm election.

"People are more engaged than ever before".

"When you have a turnout problem, you don't solve it by running corporate-backed centrism, you solve it by running progressive candidates that give progressives something to believe in on that ballot", said Derrick Crowe, a Democratic Socialists of America member and candidate for the seat who's been endorsed by national progressive groups aligned with Vermont Sen. "And this is only the beginning!"

In a potential wave election year, this is the sort of red district that could flash blue - and vindicate one side's theory on the new way to win.

Fast forward to 2018 the turnout is lopsided. These being young people, the poor, etc. Sign up to be notified on election days.

A significant number of early voters turned out to the polls in Central Texas this year in comparison to previous midterm primaries.

Since the Great Depression, when president's approval rating is below 50 percent in his first midterm, his party has lost an average of 41 House and five Senate seats.

To date there are four democrats vying for seat.

Without making a prediction, Wilson did however point out a major the new representative will have to face early on.

Many GOP congressional districts are also drawn to protect incumbents, and because Republicans control more state legislatures, they have overwhelmingly drawn those districts to advantage their party. "Whether or not we want to raise property taxes". Both candidates have been so tainted, the Democratic challenger, either marriage-equality plaintiff Mark Phariss or Brian Chaput have had much of their work done for them.

The first-in-the-nation Texas primary election is Tuesday, and several Grayson County races are on the ballot.

"I guess we need to encourage the President to send out emails for the general election to all 800,000 people he has on his database and encourage them to vote in November", Cornyn added.

"If I could only say one goal it would be making the world and the country a better place for all of you". "Democrats are turning out to vote early".

The 2018 congressional primary season has officially begun.

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