5 things to watch in today's Texas primary elections


Trump has been divisive in Texas, where he receives about 83 percent approval among Republican respondents and 85 percent disapproval among Democrat respondents, according to polling from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas. Who is most likely to capture fed-up Republican voters in wealthy suburbs?

With a vulnerable Democratic seat at play, you'd expect that Republicans would put the strongest challenger they could find up against the incumbent. "You have seen it over the country".

Of all the 2018 Senate elections with Democratic incumbents, North Dakota ranks the second-highest in Trump support in the 2016 election. In fact, just eight years ago it was quite the opposite.

Texas has a semi-open primary, meaning voters can choose whether to vote Democratic or Republican.

Voters headed to the polls in Tuesday's congressional primary in the 32nd District in the Dallas area, which was once considered safely red.

Lizet OCampo, political director at People for the American Way, said despite the tougher competition for Latino candidates, the additional candidates mean more people trying to get Latino voters engaged. In 2014, 1,085 democrats and 4,940 republicans submitted their ballots. "And this is only the beginning!"

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary (i.e., 50 percent of the votes plus at least one additional vote), the top two vote-getters will compete in a primary runoff May 22. In 2014, that number increased to 32,292. Commissioner Theresa Bettis, a Republican representing District 3, said she also wouldn't have voted for non-partisan elections.

Fast forward to 2018 the turnout is lopsided.

Total Democratic early votes exceeded Republican ones roughly 465,000 to 420,000, though those figures combined accounted for less than 9 percent of the state's total registered voters. In fact, a lot of people hated it, enough to make Patterson feel like he has a real chance to unseat the younger Bush.

"Experts have warned that a future attack on our election infrastructure, by Russian Federation or other malicious actors, is all but guaranteed". Sign up to be notified on election days. "So republicans don't feel such a push to get their voters out to the polls early".

But a number of companies have moved to Texas from blue states over the past few years, bringing with them employees who are horrified by some of Texas' right-wing politicians. Here are some things to know from the first state primary in the nation. Many of those seats in Dallas County typically are held by Democrats. Deshaundra Lockhart Jones, Carl Sherman, Christopher Graham and Victoria Walton hope to carry on the work of Rep. Giddings.

In another race to watch, there's a political scion with a familiar name - yet another George Bush, this one George P., son of none other than Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate.

"In midterms we've always had to fight against a headwind", Jenkins said. "Whether or not we want to raise property taxes".

So the results of that election, which contained several competitive races on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, will not be reported in print until the Wednesday, March 14, edition of the Bulletin.

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos reminds Texans to make all necessary preparations to be able to cast their vote in the upcoming March 6 Primary Election.

On Meet the Press on Sunday, March 4, NBC News suggested changing demographics, especially an increase in Hispanic voters who make up 18 percent of the US population but are now 39 percent of the Texas population, played a major role in the increase.

"Numbers for the first week of Early Voting should shock every conservative to their core", Abbott warned in a fundraising email.

Signs mark a polling site as early voting begins began on February 20 in San Antonio. Those Democratic primaries - some of which have turned quite bitter - may go into runoff overtime as well.