What do leprechauns, unicorns and a Democrat blue wave have in common? They are all things that were not spotted in Texas this week.
The 2018 general election kicked into gear on Tuesday with the first primary race of the cycle – right here in the Lone Star State. Heading into the contest, pundits and prognosticators pronounced the dawn of a new day for Democrats, but when the votes were tallied, the takeaway was far more familiar.
There are still a lot more conservatives in Texas than there are liberals.
Democrat turnout set new records for a midterm primary, but then again so did Republican participation. By way of perspective, even with four primary opponents, Ted garnered more votes than all three of the Democrats totals combined, and earned the support of 85% of Republican voters.
So, there is much to be excited about. Even on their best day, Democrats in Texas will come up short – as long as conservatives show up to vote.
That is the warning hidden in the good news from Tuesday: there is no question that the hard left is motivated to act. The fact that Democrat early vote totals were up over 100% from four years ago in the largest Texas counties is a reminder that we must build on the dedication and enthusiasm that led to Republican majorities to begin with.
We can’t take anything for granted. This election will require each of us to engage and to work together to turn out the conservative vote. Instead of seeing Tuesday’s results as an indication Texas is still safely Red, we should see it as an affirmation that continuing our hard work is worth the effort.
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If we each do our part, not only will we help secure a second term for Ted in the Senate, but we will send a clear signal to Democrats nationally – “If you’re gonna run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal, man.”