By: Steve Dellar | 03-03-2018 | News
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Texas Primaries – Dems Turnout Doubles Compared To 2014

Senator Ted Cruz warned a few weeks ago during his keynote address at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner that even in Texas, which is considered ‘as red as you can get’, the "left is going to show up" in the 2018 midterm elections.

Mr. Cruz stated: "They will crawl over broken glass in November to vote."

During his speech, he also highlighted the behavior of the Dems during the SOTU President Trump which gave a clear indication that there is “political risk in November.”

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Given the latest statistics for the Texas primaries, he is certainly right. With only one day of early voting left, the Democratic party has seen its turnout nearly double in comparison to the last midterm election of 2014.

It is a clear indication that the Dems are going for ‘anyone but Trump’. In other words, they will come out in droves to vote the GOP out so that they can block President Trump.

With one day of early voting to go, turnout in the Democratic primary had nearly doubled since the last midterm election in 2014.

The Texas secretary of state’s website said that for the 15 Texas counties with the most registered voters some 310,000 people voted in the Democratic primary or a 92% increase versus the 161,000 that did so in 2014.

Political experts attribute much of Texas' increased voter turnout as a reaction to the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, as well as the state's eight open congressional seats that could change.

Mr. Harold Clarke, political science professor from the University of Texas at Dallas: “One of the things we know is that competition stirs turnout, and it looks now that here in Texas, perhaps especially for the first time in a long time, winning the Democratic primary is really a prize worth having because you have a real shot at the general election,”

“That perception is fairly widespread both among potential candidates as well as Democratic voters.”


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