Beto Cruz Set For Lone Star Showdown
Voters in Texas headed to the polls for the first primaries of the 2018 midterms on Tuesday, following record early voting turnout for Democrats.
In the state’s 15 largest counties, almost 50,000 more Democrats than Republicans had already cast votes before the in-person voting began on Tuesday—up 98 percent from the 2014 midterm cycle. Republican turnout was up just 16 percent.
Democrats have specifically targeted three House races in the Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas areas, where Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election. In all of them, it appeared that the top two candidates were likely to head to a runoff following Tuesday’s vote.
But the first definitive result of the night was for the state’s marquee matchup of the year.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) easily won his primary contest with over 60 percent of the vote, defeating two opponents. Incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly romped in his contest, with nearly 85 percent of the vote.
While Cruz is still the odds-on favorite, political observers believe O’Rourke could potentially give him a run for his money in November. The Democrat has raised $2.3 million in the first 45 days of this year alone, triple Cruz’s haul during that time.
Before the results even rolled in on Tuesday night, Cruz issued a stern warning to the Republican Party about the unbridled enthusiasm on the Democratic side.
“If conservatives are complacent, we know that the left is going to show up,” Cruz said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. “The extreme left, they’re angry. They’re filled with rage. They hate the president. And mark my words, we are going to see historic turnout from the extreme left in November, which means if conservatives stay home, we have the potential, we could lose both houses of Congress.”
Once the race was set, Cruz was eager to get the campaign started.
He released a radio ad called “If You’re Gonna Run in Texas,” which featured a country song ridiculing O’Rourke.
“Beto wants those open borders and wants to take our guns. Not a chance he’ll get a vote from millions of Texans,” the twangy tune goes.Read More...