Things to know about Tuesday's Texas primaries

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a campaign event for congressional candidate Chip Roy in New Braunfels on Saturday Feb. 10 2018

Nueces County Democrats showed up their Republican rivals by more than 2,000 votes during the two-week early voting period; but overall, early voting numbers were low.

Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard of Miami lost to Republican Frank Artiles in south Miami-Dade, and Republican Sen.

"I think the national Democratic Party should be taking its cues from the base and not try to tamp down movements for change nationwide", said Crowe.

Cruz, unlike Cornyn, is up for re-election in 2018, and is fending off a challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, a USA representative from El Paso who has been touring every county in the state. However, the number does not come close to the Republican votes which dominated in both midterm primaries.

But Democrats have taken the move as a last-ditch attempt by the GOP to win elections in traditionally blue Dallas County-accusations Alvarez-Bingham fervently denies.

Texans who vote will pick candidates for posts in Congress, the Texas Legislature, courts across the state and local races ranging from tax assessor-collector to district clerk.

There's been a downside to the Democrats' surge of candidates in some places, however.

Voting Tuesday morning in Dallas, 64-year-old Bonnie Kobilansky said she thinks Beto O'Rourke is "a good guy" and was excited to cast her vote for him.

Some of the issues that helped Trump nationally, such as reworking trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), can be vulnerabilities in Texas, where the state's economy is heavily dependent on trade with neighbor Mexico. From January till mid-February of 2018, O'Rourke has out-fundraised his Republican rival by at least $1.5 million, according to CNN.

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The significance of that influence could be clear after Tuesday's primaries in the traditionally Republican state where Democrats haven't won a statewide race in more than two decades - and where they're not favored to flip any of six congressional seats opened up by GOP retirements on Capitol Hill.

"You walk in and get it printed right there", Phillips said.

"Although it may not be the case that this translates to wins in November", Rottinghaus says, "it certainly means that there's more attention to the Democratic Party".

In 2016, Donald Trump surprised a lot of political handicappers when he got more rural, white, working-class voters to the polls than most turnout models predicted.

The website also offers guidelines of what kind of identification is required to cast a ballot in the primary. In the 2014 primary, only 22,569 voted early and by mail.

We'll be watching to see how many Republicans and Democrats turned out to vote compared to past election years.

Another race is that of the 148th District Court, where two Republicans and two Democrats will go head-to-head Tuesday night. The only other time that's happened since 1996, the first year for which numbers are available, is 2008, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton poured tons of money into the state during their highly competitive presidential primary.

The general election is November 6.

"There is a reason to be concerned, for sure", said Matt Mackowiack, a veteran Republican operative in Austin. "Republicans are concerned in midterm elections, as a majority party that they are going to lose something".

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