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Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates

10 March 2018

Women running for Congress surged to big wins and Democrats smashed recent turnout levels in Texas' first-in-the-nation 2018 primary elections, giving Republicans a potential glimpse of what's ahead in the first midterms under President Donald Trump. That was double the Democratic primary turnout in the last midterm.

Close to one and-a-half million Republicans turned out, which is a near record for the GOP.

CNN host Brianna Keilar asked Perez in an interview about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's attempt to destroy Democrat Laura Moser's bid for Congress to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. John Culberson in Texas' seventh district near Houston.

But even as Democratic optimism grew, there were signs of gradual erosion in the position of Democratic senators in states not only carried by Trump but carried very heavily. "For longer than any of our current members have been in the House, Democratic Caucus members have stood side-by-side with teachers and have fought to protect funding for our most valuable resource - public education". Greg Abbott. She said serving and living in the district for almost 20 years plus the timing of Gonzales' open seat inspired her to run. Sylvia Garcia - are poised to be the first two Texas freshmen women elected to a full term in Congress in 22 years.

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Former former Obama administration official Lillian Salerno and former National Football League linebacker and a civil rights attorney Colin Allred advanced Tuesday to a May 22 runoff for the Democratic nomination for the 32nd Congressional District seat.

Democrats had far better turnout in the 1994 primary, for example.

"To do this, we have to take back the House", said Waters.

He's a Republican consultant, a Bush administration and Bush-Cheney re-election campaign veteran and former press secretary to two US senators.

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In the 10th District, where Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock will square off against the victor of a seven-person Democratic primary field, 44 percent of voters said they would prefer a Democrat to 34 percent who prefer a Republican.

"I think what we need to do as Democrats-what we do at the DNC is we don't get involved in heavily contested primaries, and the DCCC does and I respect the fact that they do endorse in primaries", Perez said. We also know that Sherrod Brown has a "populist" profile that might appeal to a significant sliver of 2016 Trump voters.

Some of Democrats' energy is reflected in the number of candidates running.

"Left-wing rage may raise a bunch of money from people online, but I don't believe it reflects the views of a majority of Texans", he told reporters after winning the nomination.

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Abbott will face either Lupe Valdez, who was Texas' first Hispanic, lesbian sheriff, or Andrew White, who opposes abortion and whose father, Mark, was governor in the 1980s.

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates