There’s been a lot of hype about Democrats turning Texas blue. Well, on Texas’ March 6 Primary Election, that didn’t happen.
We have been hearing for weeks in Texas and across the country that a great ‘blue wave’ was coming to Texas,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a Wednesday news release. “But the votes have been counted and we know that so-called ‘blue wave’ never made landfall.”
The blue wave is more accurately described as a blue flush down the toilet.
More than double the number of Republicans voted for Ted Cruz for Senate than Democrats did for his opponent, Beto O’Rourke.
Cruz received more than 1.3 million votes, reflecting 85 percent support.
O’Rourke had 641,324 votes with 61 percent support.
When it comes to other races, Republicans outvoted Democrats throughout the state– and this was only the primary.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, Democrats accounted for 1 million votes; Republicans for 1.5 million. The Texas Tribune notes,
If you looked at early voting numbers, you might have thought Democrats had an edge. More than 650,000 people voted early in the 10 counties with the most registered voters. More than 370,000 of those were Democrats, compared to nearly 283,000 Republicans.
… it seemed like the Democrats might be on track to hustle more people to the polls. Election night returns told a different story.
The Tribune’s headline says it all: “Texas Republicans outvoted Democrats in the 2018 primaries — again.”
According to data provided by the Secretary of State, this phenomenon is nothing new. Republicans have been outvoting Democrats in Texas for years.
Republicans still have more people turning out to vote than Democrats– and held a 500,000-vote advantage over Democrats after all of the votes were tallied.
The blue wave is going down the drain. The only question is how many candidates will go down with it.