Outraised & Outhustled, Is Ted Cruz Losing His Campaign Mojo?

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This isn't just the Democrats want to go vote this year, it's that Democrats want to go vote to get Republicans out of power.

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Eight months before the midterm election, Democrats now have an 8.9 percent generic congressional ballot advantage nationally in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

But retired postal worker Edward Kimbrough, who raised just $785 in his race, according to federal filings, still won 14 percent of Democratic support.

She says she'd love to see Texas "turn blue". "Or we could walk the walk".

Voters heading to the polls in Texas for the first primary elections of the 2018 midterms.

"Voter turnout has been historically lethargic and low and so that has to be a trend that reverses", said UTEP Professor Dr. Charles Boehmer, who believes rural counties will undoubtedly be solidly Republican and vote for Cruz.

The victor of the primary is set to face off against Mr. Culberson, and Republicans are counting on a bruising primary fight over the next two months to hinder Democrats' chances. Cruz is a well-connected incumbent with more cash on hand-about $6 million to O'Rourke's $4.9 million.

Early turnout has been light at some polling stations in Texas, which is holding the country's first midterm primary.

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Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott won renomination handily with 90.4 percent of his party's vote: 1,390,236. Pete Sessions , which Clinton also carried and is among the races where Democrats think they can compete.

"We all remember back four years ago when Wendy Davis was the next big thing in the national media", said Cruz.

Texas has a record eight open congressional races this year, including two now held by entrenched Republicans who opted against re-election amid scandal.

Cruz also appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, where he discussed President Donald Trump's call for tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, saying he thinks it is "a mistake".

Cruz frequently visited his native Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and his campaigning since has often consisted of attending formal Republican county dinners or convening roundtables with business owners. "It's going to take more than one election to see that kind of major change".

CNN has rated the race Likely Republican. That suggests there are huge swaths of Texas that still don't know who he is, and that he's got a lot of work to do before November. Valdez and White will need a May 22 runoff to decide who wins their party's nomination - but either will be prohibitive underdogs against well-funded and popular Abbott. The Texas Tribune reported that the Houston-based Escobar was keeping an eye on Garcia's race across the state in El Paso throughout election night.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won their primary elections outright.

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.

"He was an unknown, and he is well-known now", said JoAnn Fleming, a Texas activist who headed tea party organizing for Cruz's presidential campaign.

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