The Democratic voter reaction to Donald Trump that is supposed to form a blue wave of victory in 2018 isn’t showing up for Ted Cruz.
When comparing the numbers of voters in the Texas primaries, it is hard to discern much of a so-called blue wave. While Democrat turnout was high for the Senate candidate, Republican turnout for Ted Cruz was much higher. So, when offered a conservative candidate, it seems Republicans show up to vote even when it is not a presidential election.
The Washington Post reports, “‘Unprecedented Democrat turnout’: Ted Cruz, Texas Republicans mock talk of blue wave.”
While Democratic turnout was high, so was GOP turnout on Tuesday, giving the party confidence that its troops have not been demoralized.
“We kept hearing about this unprecedented Democrat turnout in Texas and the Republicans showed up in droves yesterday,” said RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.
The primaries — the first in the nation ahead of November’s general election — set up a number of fascinating races.
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, easily won his primary, capturing 1.3 million of the 1.5 million votes cast. That’s double the number of votes won in the Democratic primary by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who will be his opponent.
Mr. Cruz said the results puncture “the narrative that a lot of folks in the media want to tell.”
The general consensus is Mr. O’Rourke is fighting an uphill battle, along with the other Democrats running for statewide office in Texas. Still Mr. Cruz said he isn’t taking anything for granted.
“There is no doubt right now the extreme left is energized. They are angry. They hate the president,” Mr. Cruz said.
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