How Texas counties voted for Beto O'Rourke

Beto O’Rourke talks to his supporters as he walks from his town hall at San Jacinto Plaza to the El Paso County Courthouse where he voted on the last day of early voting Saturday March 10

Cruz tweeted the 60-second ad shortly after he and Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke made it through the primaries and on to a closely watched November election showdown. If we can get this turnout in a primary - in which historically fewer people vote - imagine what we can do in the general election in November.

Sen. Ted Cruz fired off his opening shot against his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke - and he did it with a song. "Beto O'Rouke will raise money, too". But well over 1.5 million voted in the Republican Senate primary, even though Cruz had no serious opposition.

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.

In 2014, Wendy Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, won the statewide nomination handily but lost several border counties to Ray Madrigal, a candidate with no statewide name recognition who spent virtually no money on his campaign.

"We had some fun with it", he said. "Or we could walk the walk".

The contest between the two men, which was finalised on Tuesday night, has been used to demonstrate that Texas, a conservative state that has not elected a Democrat in a statewide position since 1994, might be in play for the liberal Democratic Party.

"The votes have been counted and we know that so-called "blue wave" never made landfall", Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Wednesday, referring to the GOP voters still turning out in greater numbers. O'Rourke-who, unlike Cruz, is from Texas-has explained that his parents began calling him "Beto", a common diminutive in Mexico for Robert, when he was a kid.

"You're absolutely right", the Texas Republican told CNN. The other Democratic primary candidates were Edward Kimbrough and Sema Hernandez. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso.

Democrats, based on some early special election result successes in state legislative races and a potential success in next week's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, believe they can gain the 24 seats they need to take back majority control in the House of Representatives.

Cathie Adams is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. The attack led to it being pointed out to Cruz, whose first name is Rafael, that O'Rourke is not the only one in the race to opt against going by his real first name.

Our women had a historic night in Texas last night! He said Texas voters were far more interested in discussing jobs, health care and immigration. No Democrat has won a race for either since. That's 20 points more than the 40% that went to Democratic candidates. "I guess some people are disappointed".

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