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The Significance of Primary Elections in 2018

Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 10:28

Dianne Feinstein's primary opponent. Hillary Clinton beat Trump in all three districts in 2016, but Democratic primary runoffs may be necessary in all three races.

Democratic hopes are high for the fall, after early primary voting saw Democratic turnout more than double from four years ago.

"I think incumbents always ought to run nervous, particularly in the age of Trump", he said.

In a March 6 item highlighting Democratic Party primaries around the country, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bernie Sanders has endorsed a candidate in the IL governor's race.

Matt Angle, a longtime Texas Democratic strategist and director of the Lone Star Project, said the sheer number of candidates was still a positive thing for Democrats in a state where they've had trouble recruiting in the past, and noted that other primaries have been more civil.

One woman voting in Dallas says she's a "strong" Republican who supports Trump's agenda. There are hundreds of new Democratic candidates running in races where Democrats have failed to field a candidate in the past, and polls consistently show that Democrats are more interested and enthusiastic about the 2018 campaign than Republicans.

"Just any blue won't do", says Nina Tuner, a former OH legislator who leads Our Revolution, the spinoff of Sen. Can someone aligned with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders make inroads anywhere in conservative Texas? The people that have the most to lose.

"I've spoken to innumerable senior citizens, retirees, parents of disabled children, people who understand what this administration means to their families". Voters will determine party nominees for the midterm contests in November.

The tensions will get their next test in Texas with primaries Tuesday.

College students waited more than an hour to vote in liberal Austin, far-flung rural counties offered Democratic candidates for the first time in years and a tide of anti-Trump activism helped propel almost 50 women to make a run for Congress. But none of those open seats are expected to flip. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a memo blasting one candidate, Laura Moser, as a "Washington insider" and a carpetbagger. Democrats are trying to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of several Republicans who claimed governor's offices in Democratic-leaning states in 2014.

On a state legislative level, Democrats have candidates in 132 of the 150 state House districts and in 14 of the 15 state Senate districts up for election this year. Dianne Feinstein after 26 years in office and denied her an endorsement. He announced in January that he wouldn't challenge Heitkamp, but White House officials, party leaders and Cramer's home-state supporters continued to pressure him to jump in.

Candidates must top 50% in their primary, or the top two finishers will head to a runoff election in six weeks. Those issues brought criticism from some in the party, and motivated Bush's predecessor, former land commissioner Jerry Patterson, to challenge him in the GOP primary. That would nearly certainly mean victories in Congress and elsewhere. A single win would be immensely helpful in the party's quest to wrestle control from Republicans. Five signed up for retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's seat in San Diego County.

Race Overview: Seven Democrats; Republican incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions has held the seat since 2003.

The same party committee that endorsed Feinstein's Democratic challenger opted mostly to stay out of the crowded House races. Gina said, "It can't be surprising the number of women running, the number of women color running".

"Three percent, that could make a difference in some smaller races, but in a statewide election I don't think that's enough to sway anything", Mr. Ryan said.

It's rarely that simple.

Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016.

Periello says the Virginia results show there's room in the party - even in the same primary - for a range of philosophies and styles.

What happened in the Texas 7th? "We can't have national Democrats in here attacking our own candidates", says Texas party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. The district, which encompasses some wealthy Houston enclaves, has been in Republican hands since 1966, and is now occupied by Republican John Culberson.