One race that hasn't attracted a lot of funding, though, is the Democratic primary for governor.
Republicans and Democrats are facing off against members of their own party on Tuesday and there is little intra-party difference when it comes to immigrants and border issues. Straus himself was initially elected in 2009 after a coalition of most of the Democrats and about a dozen-and-a-half Republicans publicly backed him, forcing Tom Craddick of Midland to end his bid for another term at the job. To see more, visit KUT 90.5. Democratic turnout, however, was up in all ten counties except for Hidalgo County, which saw a drop in Democratic voter turnout from 6.1% of the voting age population voting early in 2014, to 5.1% in 2018. But, it, too, is a crowded race and Matias must get past 12 other candidates. If a Bush in Texas endorsed by Trump were to lose, that would certainly be news. Stay tuned to The Lewisville Texan Journal for results shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Early voting in Texas ran through last Friday, March 2.
"I think the democratic party pushes big on early voting because they may feel that their core constituency are not necessarily reliable voters".
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.
Other Democrats running in the 7 District include Dr. Jason Westin, an oncologist, and Alex Triantaphyllis, who cited opposition to President Trump as the main reason he chose to run.
Sylvia Garcia, a former state senator, was the early favorite to win the Democratic primary to replace retiring Rep. Gene Green in his heavily Hispanic Houston district, Texas Congressional District 29. The only recent publicity that he's enjoyed came in a viral moment when he trekked across the country with Republican Will Hurd. There are 111 U.S. House candidates running for the minority party, and they are spread across all 36 Texas congressional districts - the first time that's happened in 25 years, and a departure from two years ago when Democrats didn't run candidates in eight seats.
The rising Democratic enthusiasm mirrors what the party has already seen across the country in the almost year and a half since President Trump was elected - more than three dozen state legislature seats changing hands, important wins in Virginiaand New Jerseylast year and mobilization through rallies and protests.
The senator's name strength with independents and even moderate Republicans should ensure at least a runoff spot - though that could still set up a two-candidate battle with de Leon.
That was before she moved home to run for Congress.
There's a surge of energy among Democrats that's enough to concern Sen. The DCCC would prefer either of those candidates over Moser, thinking the chance to oust Culberson in a rapidly changing district might be lost if she is the candidate. But Texas suburbs were a rare bright spot for Hillary Clinton in 2016: While Mitt Romney won the district by 22 points in 2012, Trump carried it by just 10 points. He could be joined by Brett Shipp, a former journalist who has name recognition in the area; former Obama official Lillian Salerno; or former National Football League player Colin Allred, who also served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Obama.
That in turn builds momentum, and curiosity, which, coupled with the high negative ratings for both Cruz and Trump, is also boosting turnout at O'Rourke's rallies. If Cruz crushes his primary challengers, that will be a good sign that his campaign is ready to take on the Democratic challenger, likely Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, in November. How much money a candidate can raise is often how national organizations track a race and is a factor on deciding whether they back a candidate.