Texas Democrats take aim at Ted Cruz's Senate seat

Texas voted on Tuesday, and the state is still very much red. "And it doesn't hurt that (New York Sen.) Chuck Schumer brought his liberal buddies with him and they would love to see the state of Texas have an anti-gun, pro-amnesty, liberal Democrat represent them". Ted Cruz about a jingle his campaign released on Tuesday night that mocks his Democratic rival, Beto O'Rourke, for going by the nickname Beto instead of his real name, Robert.

Seems unusual that Rafael Cruz, a native of attractive Calgary, Alberta, Canada, would go after another pol for tweaking his name and downplaying certain biographical details to better "fit in". Jeff Roe, a top Cruz adviser, pointed out that O'Rourke was under 50 percent in "lots of minority-majority areas".

O'Rourke did allow one jab at Cruz, noting that Texans have a choice in November between a challenger who has been holding town halls throughout the state for almost a year and an incumbent who spent a chunk of his first term running for president. On Wednesday, March 7, he shared a photo of himself as young child with his nickname emblazoned on his chest.

Bush will face off against Democrat Miguel Suazo, who took 70 percent of his primary vote, in the general election. "It just stuck", O'Rourke said in a brief phone interview Tuesday night.

Polling places in El Paso and far West Texas closed at 8 p.m. CST, an hour later than the rest of the state.

Still, Jillson cautioned Republican incumbents like Cruz should not to get complacent.

The Texas Tribune reported that it's been 22 years since the state elected a woman to a full term in the U.S. Congress.

"The early indications from Texas suggest that the Democratic primary voters are more likely to prefer progressive Democrats and reject the establishment".

The prospect of either Roger Williams (CD 25 GOP incumbent) or whatever Lamar Smith-wannabe emerges from the free-for-all that was the GOP CD 21 primary retaining those congressional seats - carved out of Travis County first by Tom DeLay and then the broader Legislature's ongoing determination to render Democratic voters irrelevant - should inspire every Central Texas voter to do what ever we can to make things right. That attack sparked national backlash and sent progressive groups like the Working Families Party and Our Revolution flocking to Moser's campaign, as documented by Vox.

Still, what looms over this year's gubernatorial race is the big-name Democrats who didn't run - including twin brothers Rep. Joaquin Castro and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. Moser qualified for the runoff election on May 22nd, which means that the party split in the district could continue and possibly turn uglier before it's settled.

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