The first state-level primary election in the United States 2018 election cycle took place in Texas, with registered voters casting votes on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Early statistics indicate that more Democratic voters had both registered and cast votes than in any election cycle since at least 2002, at least in terms of midterm primary elections.
Experts of political science and news media believe that Donald J. Trump’s 2016 election as President of the United States, combined with Trump’s actions taken in the role as top dog of all American politics, was a major factor for the uptick in Democratic turnout.
This comes as a surprise to many, as Texas is traditionally a “deep red” state, meaning it both houses and experiences more Republican voters turning up to polls in every county across its vast state.
To put the Texas turnout of Democratic primary midterm election voters in other words, the number of people voting in the Democratic primary – voters can register as either a Democratic or Republican, or to another party, all of which outside of the aforementioned two have very few members, or as independents, meaning they don’t pledge allegiance or align themselves with the majority of views from neither Democrats or Republicans – fell about 400,000 voters short of those cast by the Greater Opposition Party (another word for Republican Party) voters in 2016.
Although this 400,000-odd gap might seem discouraging, the gap has never been as close in the state of Texas.
Texas is home to 36 unique congressional districts, each consisting of several cities, towns, and counties. In all 36 of those districts, more Democrats showed up to vote than ever before, throughout the entirety of United States and Texan history.
According to an early count of votes, which can still be revised later on by state officials responsible for election vote counting and other electoral functions, votes in the state’s 2018 primaries for Democratic candidates fell just short of 1 million voters.
In perspective, this near-seven-figure term has already doubled midterm election shout in 2014. Further, there haven’t been more voters for a single party in any election in the state of Texas since 2002, when there were more than one million voters participating in the year’s midterm primaries.
Democrats hope to sort out internal conflicts before the actual race, as Houston Democrats attempted to push a far-left-leaning candidate out of the primary race.