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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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.

Energized and angry Democrats in Texas, where the GOP has dominated for decades, came out in force to surpass 1 million voters Tuesday — the first time the party has eclipsed that benchmark in a midterm primary since 2002, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Equally striking was the showing by women on the ballot: Of the nearly 50 women running for Congress in Texas, more than half won their primaries outright or advanced to runoffs. What's more, at least three of those runoffs in May will feature women going head-to-head, including a key race for Democrats in their bid to take control of the U.S. House this fall.

"It's Trump. It's Trump," said Veronica Escobar, who won her Democratic primary and is now poised to become one of the first Hispanic women to represent Texas in Congress.

"I've spoken to innumerable senior citizens, retirees, parents of disabled children, people who understand what this administration means to their families. And they're afraid."

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Not all women fared so well. Kathaleen Wall, a Republican megadonor in Houston who pumped $6 million of her own money into her race for Congress, failed to survive a crowded nine-person field despite outspending all other candidates and having the backing of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Wall's failure was also a potential warning sign of the limits of Republicans going all-in on Trump this election year. She partly staked her candidacy on TV ads that told voters there was little daylight between her and the president, who remains popular among GOP voters despite his rough edges and low approval ratings nationwide.

For all the talk of renewed Democratic energy heading into the 2018 midterms, Texas Republicans also set a new benchmark for turnout in a midterm election.

More than 1.5 million people voted Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, won by incumbent Ted Cruz. That beats the previous record of 1.48 million in 2010, during former President Barack Obama's first term.

Democrats showed up despite the long odds this November of ousting Republicans such as Cruz — who released a radio ad after clinching the GOP nomination Tuesday night, telling voters that Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke "wants to take our guns."

O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, has called for banning AR-15-style assault rifles in wake of last month's mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

Neither that tragedy nor a mass shooting at a Texas church last fall played as dominant campaign issues in Texas, but with the GOP's majority in Congress on the line this fall, Democrats showed up.

Democrats have their sights on flipping three GOP-controlled congressional seats in Texas that backed Hillarious Clinton over Trump in 2016, including a Houston district where liberal favorite Laura Moser forced a runoff with Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. Another is a sprawling district that runs along the Texas-Mexico border, where Gina Ortiz-Jones advanced to a May runoff and another woman, Judy Canales, was battling to join her.

"I think that a Congress that is only 20 percent women is not where we need to be," Ortiz Jones said. "This is not a spectator sport. We've got to participate, all of us and that's what's important."

The women's success comes against the backdrop of the MeToo movement and a reckoning with allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful figures in entertainment, media and politics, including Trump's treatment of women.

Many women ran in a record eight open congressional races this year in Texas — two of which are up for grabs after longtime GOP incumbents abandoned plans for re-election amid scandal. College students waited more than an hour to vote in liberal Austin and rural counties offered Democratic candidates for the first time in years.

While 2002 was a high water mark for Democratic turnout in Texas it also showed the limits of the exuberance for turning the state blue. In November that year, the Democrats running for statewide office were all beaten, just as they have been since 1994.

For Republicans, the primary was a vivid exhibition of the Trump effect on GOP politics. George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner, won a contested primary after he cozied-up to a president who once called his dad, Jeb, a pathetic person.

Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016. It was the smallest margin of victory by a Republican presidential candidate in Texas in 20 years, but Cruz dismissed talk of a Democratic takeover this fall.

"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.

Democrats will have a tough time winning statewide races in November despite the "Trump effect" because they have fielded little-known candidates against top Republicans, such as Republican Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, clinched his party's nomination unopposed.

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.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/democrats-women-candidates-score-big-texas-primaries-074900694.html

 

 

 

Oh boy, the mid terms will be interesting if this is what we are seeing in Texas!

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:bs:                    This "article" is a kommie propaganda hit-piece if we ever saw one. <_<

 

So you & your leftist deviants are gonna turn The Great Republic of Texas into a kommie strong-hold, eh...?

 

Sure... and monkeys fly outta our butts on Sunday.

 

Get over yourselves... evil can never triumph.

 

And to prove it, how about allowing for Voter I.D. and a Federal Inspection of your "Voter Rolls" and allowing 

the removal of illegal aliens....?

 

No?       Why...?     Afraid your numbers will tank...?

 

Yuh... that's what we thought.   <_<

 

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3 minutes ago, SgtFuryUSCZ said:

Please don't stoop so low as to become DV's 2nd Umbertino, BA.... :facepalm2:

 

One kommie in the joint is more than enough. :facepalm3:

 

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This is a simple news story on yesterday's primary.... Unless you believe the election is being tainted, then this is the result. I don't think Texas is going to flip, I just thought it was intriguing that there is a movement happening because people are fed up with the shenanigans going on every day with our current administration. 

 

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15 minutes ago, SgtFuryUSCZ said:

 This "article" is a kommie propaganda hit-piece if we ever saw one.

Yes it is! More Republicans got out to vote yesterday then Democrats.

 

9 minutes ago, bostonangler said:

Well I did tag it as Fake News... LOL

And Yes you did good by tagging it like you did.

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2 minutes ago, bostonangler said:

 people are fed up with the shenanigans going on every day with our current administration.

 

I believe they are fed up. Its called this Russian Collusion investigation they have going on. Nothing is there. Time to move on. Quit trying to make cr@p up. He has been doing everything he promised. When was the last time a politician did that. Oh that's right, He is not a politician, he is a business man. MAGA!

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3 minutes ago, 8th ID said:

More Republicans got out to vote yesterday then Democrats.

Yes the article did clearly state that fact. So at least that part was true.

 

More than 1.5 million people voted Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate

Energized and angry Democrats in Texas, where the GOP has dominated for decades, came out in force to surpass 1 million voters Tuesday..

 

 

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1 minute ago, 8th ID said:

believe they are fed up. Its called this Russian Collusion investigation they have going on. Nothing is there.

 

People are fed up with hookers, porn stars, the revolving door at the white house, the idle threats, the lack of leadership, the flip flopping on issues daily... Have you seen the percentage on his "greatest people" who have resigned? It is double and triple other administrations. He told us he was hiring the best. Really, is this the best? Even when someone who is qualified, is praised for their work, he still finds a way to drive them out. To be honest, I don't think Trump would be hired to manage a McDonalds...

 

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So this is how liberal and deceitful people spin an election primary where is Senator Ted Cruz got more votes than every other Democrat running combined.

 

B/A I simply cannot accept that you are this deceitful. Or that stupid. 69% Republican votes to 38 Democrat I mean seriously you call that a victory?

 

you do realize that there was a record Republican turnout of 1.5 million people. The last time anything near that happened was in 2010 with 1.4 million voters in the Republican Party. You're right this is a sign of something to come in November once serious butt whooping to the Democrat Party

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1 hour ago, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

So this is how liberal and deceitful people spin an election primary where is Senator Ted Cruz got more votes than every other Democrat running combined.

 

B/A I simply cannot accept that you are this deceitful. Or that stupid. 69% Republican votes to 38 Democrat I mean seriously you call that a victory?

 

you do realize that there was a record Republican turnout of 1.5 million people. The last time anything near that happened was in 2010 with 1.4 million voters in the Republican Party. You're right this is a sign of something to come in November once serious butt whooping to the Democrat Party

 

Did you even read any of this thread? The story correctly stated everything you said including a win for Ted, and 1.5 million Republicans did vote. The point was a big turnout. There is no spin in this article. Only the conspiracy racing through some people's minds... Did you not read where I said I didn't believe Texas would flip? I'm not sure why you get off on making false accusations. Read the article. Read my comments and you'll see I didn't spin, twist or say anything about Ted losing or Texas flipping...  You always accuse people of a lack or comprehension... Well I would have to say that is the kettle calling the pot black... You are spinning and twisting in a most perverse way... I'm sorry if you couldn't understand the basic message of the article, I think for most it was pretty easy to follow.

One thing that is funny is the fact everyone acts like Texas was always Republican.... History shows they have had there fair share of Democrats elected. And you did read Trump's 9 point margin was the smallest by a Republican presidential candidate in 20 years? So there is wiggle room for The Lone Star State.

 

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28 minutes ago, bostonangler said:

 

Did you even read any of this thread? The story correctly stated everything you said including a win for Ted, and 1.5 million Republicans did vote. The point was a big turnout. There is no spin in this article. Only the conspiracy racing through some people's minds... Did you not read where I said I didn't believe Texas would flip? I'm not sure why you get off on making false accusations. Read the article. Read my comments and you'll see I didn't spin, twist or say anything about Ted losing or Texas flipping...  You always accuse people of a lack or comprehension... Well I would have to say that is the kettle calling the pot black... You are spinning and twisting in a most perverse way... I'm sorry if you couldn't understand the basic message of the article, I think for most it was pretty easy to follow.

One thing that is funny is the fact everyone acts like Texas was always Republican.... History shows they have had there fair share of Democrats elected. And you did read Trump's 9 point margin was the smallest by a Republican presidential candidate in 20 years? So there is wiggle room for The Lone Star State.

 

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I'd like to see what the illegal immigrant count was...I'm sure it was extremely high.

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2 hours ago, bostonangler said:

 

People are fed up with hookers, porn stars, the revolving door at the white house, the idle threats, the lack of leadership, the flip flopping on issues daily... Have you seen the percentage on his "greatest people" who have resigned? It is double and triple other administrations. He told us he was hiring the best. Really, is this the best? Even when someone who is qualified, is praised for their work, he still finds a way to drive them out. To be honest, I don't think Trump would be hired to manage a McDonalds...

 

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I wish the left would stop bringing up PAST administrations (slick willy & BO) duds...this is a new POTUS. I do agree Trump wouldn't be hired to manage a McDonalds.....he'd own it. The left & MSM hate a forceful Repub POTUS...one that calls out all their BS. I find it interesting that the "sheep" left who allege themselves as intelligent...fall so easily to what MSM & DEM leaders instruct them. Perfect example that Intelligence & common sense don't necessarily go hand & hand.

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1 hour ago, bostonangler said:

 

Then bankrupt it!!!

That's joke... I have to say that because some people don't get humor.. Not you caz, you obviously do...

 

B/A

Living with what our Gov has done to our country the last 50 years will either make one cry or laugh....I choose to laugh

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Nice angle B/A, you bring fake news to stir the pot.  Jealous of Texas not bowing down to the left.  It's going to take a lot more than fake news to flip Texas.  Keep dreaming like the illegal dreamers... trying to turn this country into a kommie country.  

 

 

6 hours ago, caz1104 said:

I wish the left would stop bringing up PAST administrations (slick willy & BO) duds...this is a new POTUS. I do agree Trump wouldn't be hired to manage a McDonalds.....he'd own it. The left & MSM hate a forceful Repub POTUS...one that calls out all their BS. I find it interesting that the "sheep" left who allege themselves as intelligent...fall so easily to what MSM & DEM leaders instruct them. Perfect example that Intelligence & common sense don't necessarily go hand & hand.

 

Very well put.  :twothumbs:

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