The Primaries Project: What to expect in the 2018 Midterms


And the bitter dispute among the three leading Democratic candidates here echoes the national argument: Should the party lean into the progressive movement or entice disaffected Republicans and independent voters to cross party lines by recruiting centrist candidates they'd feel comfortable supporting?

Moreover, Texas's use of paperless voting machines and its failure to conduct robust post-election audits that test the accuracy of election outcomes leaves Texas vulnerable to hacking and malfunction. "I personally want to make sure that all Texans who go to the polls during our state's first-in-the-nation primary are properly registered and know what they need to bring in order to cast their ballot". "I think we are going to see more votes cast in-person early, and by mail absentee than we will on election day", Stein said.

- Two years ago, just one Texas Democrat volunteered to run against Republican Rep. John Culberson in a metro Houston congressional district. Toggle between both sets of graphs to see how early voting turnout fared for both Democrats and Republicans across the state.

This year's midterm elections officially kick off Tuesday with the Texas primaries, where voters will sift through jam-packed fields of Democratic candidates vying to take on vulnerable Republican members of Congress.

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Periello says the Virginia results show there's room in the party - even in the same primary - for a range of philosophies and styles. In Harris County, 35,036 people have voted in the Republican primary compared to 34,555 in the Democratic primary. Although Texas Democrats have been largely shut out of statewide office for the past two decades, they've been closing the gap with Republicans.

In the Republican primary, Mr. Cruz is being challenged by four candidates, including Stefano de Stefano, a Houston energy lawyer who has accused Mr. Cruz's campaign of claiming Mr. Cruz was uncontested in the primary.

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And if early voting is any indication, Democrats enthusiasm is translating into votes.

Across the state, especially in Texas' urban counties, final early voting numbers reflect a similar trend.

With 14 statewide seats up for grabs and more than a half dozen local races, the turnout on election day could be slightly higher than in the last primary election. Although Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and U.S. Sen.Ted Cruz have opponents in the GOP primary, none of the opposition candidates are well-funded or have been able to seize momentum from the incumbents.

In the handful of special elections since 2016 and in the Virginia and New Jersey 2017 elections, Democratic turnout has been up. Still both candidates are operating on shoestring budgets.

Republicans say they are simply trying to ensure Democrats follow the letter of the law. However, voters can not cross party lines to vote in a runoff.

Mackowiack said the reverse of that scenario might be playing out on the GOP side. At the end of early voting, more than 465,000 Democrats in the state's largest 15 counties have already shown up, an increase of about 240,000 over 2014.