Texas primary turnout buoys Democrats' hopes again

Cruz and his Democratic challenger who has generated national excitement despite facing long odds, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, easily clinched their party nominations for the Senate.

Tyler said that Cruz is a "moderate Texan" and echoed the point Cruz made on Wednesday that it's hard for Democrats to win in Texas.

With over 99% of precincts counted (and not including votes for any third parties), Democratic turnout did top one million in a midterm primary for the first time since 2002, but it still lagged well behind the over 1.5 million votes cast in the Republican primary.

The geographic pattern is evocative of former state Sen. Robert Krueger in 1993.

Nearly immediately after O'Rourke's win was announced, Cruz launched a radio ad attacking the fact that O'Rourke's first name isn't legally Beto, but is in fact Robert.

"I remember reading stories, little Robert wanted to fit in", one line in the song reads.

"The ad, you go after Beto for his name, Beto is obviously a nickname, why?" It defines O'Rourke as a liberal who favors open borders and wants to take your guns.

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In the March 2010 Texas primaries, turnout was about the same among Republican primary voters in 2018, but significantly lower among Democrats compared to 2018.

O'Rourke, who is white, has said before that his parents began calling him Beto when he was a child. "And you know what, your name is Rafael, you go by Ted but your middle name is Edward, that's a more Anglicized version of it".

"I'm not running against anyone".

Democrats feel more confident this election season due to the continued unpopularity of President Donald Trump.

Cruz is also unpopular among voters, according to the Texas Politics Project (TPP), a part of the University of Texas that conducts public opinion polling. "I trust their ability to make their own judgments". But Democrats had a higher percentage increase.

Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report, a non-partisan election tracker, said there was a lot of evidence of a Democratic wave heading into Tuesday's primary and, while it might not cost Mr. Cruz his seat, overall that still seems to be the case.

"The extreme left is angry and energized and they hate the president", Cruz said in a call to reporters. Even more concerning was the lack of Democratic enthusiasm in districts that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC "got scammed" into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE carried in the 2016 presidential election.

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