Officials, voters prepare for the March Primary Elections

In 2010, North Carolina Republicans fielded candidates in far more districts than did Democrats, helping the GOP capitalize on a wave that gave them the majority for the first time in more than a century. Early voting for the primary began February 20.

Two other districts potentially up for grabs are the 32nd, in the Dallas suburbs, and the 23rd, which covers a vast swath of western Texas. The victor Tuesday will face incumbent Louis Garcia, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

Democrats more than made up for the Dallas GOP's fade by more than doubling their own turnout, from 34,815 early voters in 2014 to 69,844 early voters in 2018.

Cruz handily won his party's nomination for a second term in the Senate, but he all but admitted that he would have a far more hard general election campaign this time around against Democratic nominee Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who has cast his campaign as a movement and boasted of 10,000 volunteers across the state.

-Texas Democrats turned out in force ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday in what could be an early hint of a midterm election backlash against President Trump, but their party remains a long shot to make much of a dent in Republican political dominance of the state.

Nonpresidential primaries are relatively low-turnout affairs that provide a clue about which side's base is more engaged. He said he appreciated them bringing up the topic, but he said they should present it to the legislators to get the ball rolling on changing the state law to allow non-consolidated counties to determine whether they want partisan or non-partisan elections. Numerous open seats feature so many candidates from both parties that most primary races won't have anyone winning a majority of Tuesday's votes, ensuring a second round of voting May 22. Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters, among others, must defend themselves in districts that President Donald Trump lost in 2016. Hurd is also the co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would offer a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and secure the border.

That might account for some shifting in party allegiances, Cook said. "My philosophy is simple: put together smart legislation, do it in a bipartisan way and actually solve the problem", he says.

Who will take on Abbott: Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, running to oppose Republican Sen. Voters there face an array of choices too.

"He seems to be a down-to-earth person", Navarro said.

Now, suburban voters increasingly find that on guns they have more in common with their urban friends than with their rural ones.

Texas has routinely elected GOP officials in statewide races for a generation, though recently with declining margins. "This is my life-running for office-and to know it could be in jeopardy for some technicality or some arbitrary interpretation was ridiculous", said Ana Maria Ramos, a community college professor running for Texas House District 102. "I think I have the numbers roughly correct we may have 100,000 [to] 150,000 people employed directly in the steel industry, but we have millions, millions who take that steel and they fabricate it into something else".

And even though the Republicans numbers were also up from the midterm primaries four years ago, they still lagged the Democrats in the urban counties, and Democrats appeared to be closing the gap in the GOP-friendly large suburban counties. The Democrats are not contesting the seat.

Strong Democratic showing in a partisan primary in Texas would indicate that Republicans can't count on vestigial partisan strength to insulate them from Mr. Trump's distinct weakness among college-educated voters.

Beyond Texas, Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum predicts that immigration will be a determining factor in the dozens of districts where voters supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. In some of these districts, voters are clearly willing to send a Republican to the House, despite trends in national or statewide elections. Tom Chlystek and Elyse Hoffenberg are running to go up against the Republican nominee to represent the 82nd District.

"What I think about the White House is it's an extremely inexperienced White house and there is a complete lack of control", the voter explained.

  • Leroy Wright