Texas Democrats came out strong on Tuesday, with voters winnowing fields of candidates for the 2018 midterm elections. So far in several congressional races, it’s looking like no candidate will get more than 50 percent of the vote, meaning the top two will advance to a runoff on May 22.
Democrats, long shut out of conservative Texas politics, fielded candidates in all 36 of the state’s congressional races. They have their eyes on a few key opportunities: the Seventh Congressional District in Houston, the 23rd Congressional District outside San Antonio, and the 32nd Congressional District in Dallas — all districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
There are already strong indications of voter enthusiasm for Democrats; early voting totals blew away previous records. More than 885,000 Texans cast ballots through early voting, a 50 percent increase from the previous record of 592,000 in 2014, according to the Houston Chronicle.