A much larger than usual turnout by Democrats in the Texas primaries on Tuesday shocked the GOP and gave Democrats hope in their bid to flip the deep red state with a blue wave during the 2018 midterm elections.
And this November, history may be made. Texas is poised to send their first Latina, or first two, to congress.
Texas has never elected a Latina to Congress. It’s poised to send two.
In CD16, Veronica Escobar is at 61%
In CD29, Sylvia Garcia is at 63%
— Texas Election Source (@TXElects) March 7, 2018
The strong Democratic voter turnout, and the fact Texas actually seated a Democratic candidate in every 2018 midterm race points to a major change in the Lone Star state and maybe around the country. Voters and especially grassroots movements poise themselves to flip congress and several governorships from red to blue in November.
Many pundits cite anger over President Donald Trump’s policies and the actions of a Republican led congress for the high Democratic turnout. The DNC hopes that dissatisfaction leads to election night victories.
Texans and political observers from around the world noted the presence of women both on the ballot and at the polls.
Friends working in Texas say numbers for Democrats today are gonna send shockwaves throughout the country. Saying they’ve never seen this much energy or interest. It’s taking people an hour to vote in places where there were no lines four years ago. #BlueWave2018 #TexasPrimary
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 7, 2018
Over a million Democrats cast ballots in the Texas midterm primaries — the first time the party has topped that figure since the 2002 midterms, according to the Associated Press. https://t.co/ZbbdQQmQNs
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 7, 2018
Proud to be a FORMER Republican living in Texas. My first Democrat vote was for Hillary and my second was for Beto. Once you go Democrat, you never go back. And guess what? I am not alone.
— 86 45 (@86_45_in2018) March 6, 2018
A mother from Texas said today: “Gun Reform, Immigration, Students Loans, etc. So many reasons to vote Democrat”.
— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) March 6, 2018
The role of women in the Texas primaries and the 2018 midterm elections gained a boost, first in Alabama where women of color led the charge to elect Senator Doug Jones and now with the women of Texas.
So proud of our 5 @emilyslist Texas candidates tonight: 2 wins, 2 candidates in the top spot in the runoff, and 1 still to be called–but currently in the runoff.
Can’t wait to see these amazing women in Congress!
— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) March 7, 2018
Of the nearly 50 women running for Congress in Texas, more than half won their primaries outright or advanced to runoffs. pic.twitter.com/ALKukG9xQ5
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 7, 2018
— Bloomberg (@business) March 7, 2018
Dem women are winning. Yesterday in Texas, all of the EMILY’s List-endorsed candidates won or moved forward into runoffs. Congratulations to @emilyslist @Schriock1 @emilyanncain & @lmguinn. #RunToWin 🙌🏽
— Jess O’Connell (@JessOConne11) March 7, 2018
Latinas comprise 19% of Texas’ population, yet TX has never elected a Latina to Congress in its 173 year history. We’re excited to see history made: @SenatorSylvia and @vgescobar, two Latinas from deep blue districts, will avoid runoffs and head to Congress in January.
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) March 7, 2018
— #DreamActNow (@votolatino) March 7, 2018
But the GOP responded to Tuesday’s turnout with a vow to keep Texas red. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz largely ignored the primary, assured of his victory, and focused his efforts on November with attack ads aimed at his likely, and eventual, Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke. But most of Senator Cruz’s attacks aimed at O’Rourke missed the mark.
We’re going to do this the right way — taking our direction from the people of Texas, from every walk of life, to do the important, ambitious work that the country is waiting for.https://t.co/DCmtyrOr9J
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 7, 2018
Just so we’re clear… Texas ain’t going blue in November. #MAGA 🇺🇸
— Harlan Z. Hill (@Harlan) March 7, 2018
Fun fact: “Ted” Cruz was born in CANADA—not Texas—as Rafael Edward Cruz (he had to change his name because he sounded too much like the immigrants he hates). Beto O’Rourke is a lifelong Texan, born in El Paso. https://t.co/PU3orjT77N
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) March 7, 2018
Ted Cruz mocking Beto O’Rourke for a name change?
Ted: Born “Rafael.” He calls himself something more Anglo.
Beto: Born “Robert Francis.” He calls himself something more Latino.
Ted mocking Beto for not being Texan enough?
Ted: Born in a foreign country.
Beto: Born in Texas. pic.twitter.com/DDyfINYeqV
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 7, 2018