Politics

The Blue Wave of Texas?

Primary day on Tuesday didn't pan out the way Democrats and the Leftmedia hoped it would.

Nate Jackson · Mar. 7, 2018

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: An up-and-coming Democrat stands tall against a mean old Republican in a red state, ushering in a wave of Democrat blue. Yeah, that didn’t work out for Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial bid in Texas in 2014, it failed to materialize for upstart John Ossoff in Georgia in 2017, and it doesn’t appear it will come true for Rep. Beto O'Rourke this November in his long-shot bid to oust Sen. Ted Cruz. Why are we noting this eight months before the election? Because Tuesday’s Texas primaries were supposed to be yet another indication of this November’s blue wave.

Leftmedia outlets were giddy as early voting indicated that Democrat turnout might exceed that of Republicans, thus signaling a huge rebuke to President Donald Trump. It wasn’t to be. The GOP saw 1.5 million voters cast ballots, while Democrats mustered just over one million. Democrat turnout was up 84% from 2014, and that kind of momentum could shift a seat or two come November, but neither party should bank on anything being “in the bag.”

National Review’s Jack Crowe reports, “Democrats, who ran candidates in all 36 congressional districts for the first time ever, are particularly hopeful they can capture the seventh congressional district in Houston, the 23rd district outside San Antonio and 32nd district in Dallas, all of which Hillary Clinton won in 2016.”

As for the Cruz/O'Rourke tilt, the Democrat managed over 600,000 votes Tuesday. Ted Cruz? 1.3 million. “More than that,” observes The Resurgent’s Marc Giller, “Cruz got almost one and a half times the number of votes as all of the Democrat candidates combined. If that’s the media’s idea of a wave, I sure wouldn’t want to try and surf on it.”

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