Texas Democrat's Underdog Bid To Unseat Ted Cruz Picks Up Momentum

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Democratic early voting across Texas' 15 most-populous counties, the only figures available, more than doubled that of the last non-presidential cycle in 2014, while the number of Republican early ballots cast increased only slightly. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. But if Republican turnout is down this year while Democrats are fired up, Nancy Pelosi may seize the speaker's gavel once again.

"Going into this year, there was an expectation following the Women's March, in the wake of the elections in New Jersey and Virginia and all these special elections that something similar was likely to happen in the first-in-the-nation Texas primary, and I think it has", SMU's Jillson said.

Jynelle Mikula, who voted in the GOP primary Tuesday at a Houston elementary school, says assault-style weapons and bump stocks shouldn't be sold to the public.

Though it is hard to say for certain what caused this rise in Democratic turnout, there may be several influencing factors such as swelling populations, increased number of viable candidates and changes in campaign strategies, County Elections Administrator John Oldham said.

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They are hard-working and highly principled leaders who can mobilize and inspire the vast and underestimated Democratic base, while reaching out to voters beyond that base. Throughout that period, the surge has favored the Democrats.

Democrats have a better shot in November of unseating three Republican congressional incumbents - Rep. Pete Sessions in Dallas, Rep. John Culberson in Houston and Rep. This race will appear on the Republican Ballot. In the Democratic race, State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia is running; she is one of a handful of Hispanic female candidates in various races who could become the first Latina members of Congress in Texas history. Those are encouraging signs, he said, for the way the state is trending politically.

Some of the issues that helped Trump nationally, such as reworking trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), can be vulnerabilities in Texas, where the state's economy is heavily dependent on trade with neighbor Mexico. O'Rourke outraised Cruz from the beginning of 2018 through mid-February by $1.5 million, although Cruz is still favored to win in the state.

While Texas gets an early start, primaries will continue all the way through September.

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Amending the Constitution is a big event in the country's political life and a major legislative activity with wide-ranging implications, he said.

It's pretty typical for Democrats to vote early and for Republicans to show up on election day, so this doesn't mean more Democrats are voting - yet. There are hundreds of new Democratic candidates running in races where Democrats have failed to field a candidate in the past, and polls consistently show that Democrats are more interested and enthusiastic about the 2018 campaign than Republicans.

The website also offers guidelines of what kind of identification is required to cast a ballot in the primary. Hopefully people understand that just because they can't vote in a political primary, they would be able to vote on these. The number of candidates running this year could be a big reason why early voter turnout has been so high.

"For Republicans, if this is evidence of a significant enthusiasm gap, then that would be something to worry about", Mackowiak said. Four Democrats and half a dozen Republicans are vying for the top spot for November's general election. "Republicans are concerned in midterm elections, as a majority party that they are going to lose something".

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