Democratic voter turnout in Texas reached historic lows this week, with fewer liberal supporters showing up during Tuesday’s governor run-off than any point in nearly 100 years.
According to the Texas Tribune, the Democrat Party had “their worst runoff turnout in almost a century,” setting the stage for a showdown between Democrat Lupe Valdez and Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
“Valdez officially accepted her party’s nomination Tuesday night, narrowly defeating Andrew White with around 52 percent of the vote. But she faces an uphill battle against Abbott, who touts a high approval rating and a $41 million war chest in an ultraconservative state,” writes the Tribune.
The news went from bad to worse for the Texas Democratic Party, with turnout plunging nearly 60% from the million Texans who voted in March’s primary.
Read the full story here.
CLINTON CHAOS: Ellison DODGES on Hillary's Role in 2018 MIDTERMS
Democratic National Committee Deputy Director Keith Ellison refused to answer questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s role in the 2018 midterm elections Monday; deflecting the issue and saying the liberal message is more than “one person’s comments.”
“Republicans think Hillary Clinton is going to be a weapon for them because of those comments she made a few weeks ago about Trump areas in the country being backward-looking,” said MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.
“The road to a House majority goes through some places that Donald Trump won. Those comments from Hillary Clinton, are they going to hurt you at all?” he asked.
“We’re going to focus on working-class, kitchen-table issues,” deflected Ellison. “People want to talk about pensions, wages, people want to know if they get a job will they get a livable wage?”
“I take the point, but the Republicans are saying your message is going to be undercut because of [Hillary’s comments.] Is that going to hurt you? Do you want her out there campaigning for Democrats?” he pressed.
“I don’t think one comment that one person makes is the issue. People want to know: What are you doing for us?” said Ellison.
Watch Ellison’s remarks above.
DNC DISASTER: Democrats BORROW $2 MILLION Just Months Before 2018 Midterms
The Democratic National Committee is in tough shape heading into the 2018 midterms; with recent FEC filings revealing the party borrowed nearly $2 million in loans this February, just months before the nation heads to the polls.
Political infighting, Hillary Clinton’s attack on “white women,” and the party’s ongoing relationship with anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan all translated into a dismal fundraising effort in February; raking in just $7 million while their GOP opponents raised nearly $13 million.
“I knew if I had money — first of all, if you have money, you have power, and if you have money, you have a seat at the table,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told Politico. “If you focus on the fundraising and you do well there, then you get a lot of credibility in a town that didn’t know who I was.”
The chairwoman has her sights firmly set on the 2018 midterms, saying “Their first midterm, they usually lose seats […] We understand that, and so we’ve been preparing for that all year.”
h/t Daily Caller