On Tuesday, Democrats had high hopes they were going to turn Texas blue in the primary election. As the image above shows, early voting results seemed to bear this out, with a vast majority of early voters creating a surge that looked unbeatable and spelling doom for the incumbents come the general election in November. By the end of the day when polls closed, however, it was a much different story.
Take the Governor’s seat currently filled by Republican Greg Abbott; he received 90% of the GOP vote, handily beating his opponents Kreuger and Kilgore to guarantee he’ll be on the ballot in November against Democrat challenger Lupe Valdez.
But what’s really startling is when you look at the overall numbers. Governor Abbott garnered 1,392,294 votes. If you add up all the votes of his Republican challengers, then add all the votes that were cast for Democrats seeking to oppose him in November, it still doesn’t total his count. All others together secured a total of 1,165,942.
It was the same in the U.S. Senate primary, with incumbent Republican Ted Cruz walking away with the GOP nomination with aplomb. He’ll be facing Democrat hopeful Beto O’Rourke in November. Cruz seized a total of 1,317,450 votes compared to a total of 1,264,003 votes for all other candidates, Republican and Democrat alike.
In other races across the state, Republicans made a good showing, if not nearly as dramatic as the gubernatorial and senate primaries, although they did garner the larger vote counts to varying degrees.
Barring any unforseen circumstances, Republicans should win the Lt. Governor seat, as well as numerous U.S. House of Representatives seats in November; some easily, with others looking like a much closer race.
Turning Texas blue? Not this year.
TC Williamson is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Texas. He has an avid interest in news, politics, history, and science. You can follow him @TCWilliamson on Twitter, Minds, and Gab