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Republicans say the results in this week’s primary in Texas raise serious doubts about the blue wave that Democrats are counting in the November midterm elections.
While Democratic turnout was high, so was GOP turnout on Tuesday, giving the party confidence that its troops have not been demoralized.
“We kept hearing about this unprecedented Democrat turnout in Texas and the Republicans showed up in droves yesterday,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel.
The primaries — the first in the nation ahead of November’s general election — set up a number of fascinating races.
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, easily won his primary, capturing 1.3 million of the 1.5 million votes cast. That’s double the number of votes won in the Democratic primary by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who will be his opponent.
Mr. Cruz said the results puncture “the narrative that a lot of folks in the media want to tell.”
The general consensus is Mr. O’Rourke is fighting an uphill battle, along with the other Democrats running for statewide office in Texas. Still Mr. Cruz said he isn’t taking anything for granted.
“There is no doubt right now the extreme left is energized. They are angry. They hate the president,” Mr. Cruz said. “We are seeing that in the fundraising numbers for Democrats all across the country. We are seeing that in turnout.”
More than 1 million Democrats voted in the primary, or double the turnout from the last two Democratic Senate primaries in 2012 and 2014. It’s the first time they’ve surpassed the 1 million mark since 2002.
“What’s happening in Texas is part of a national trend,” said Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “All across the country, Democrats are competing and winning in deep-red states.
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.Read More...