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Media Says TX Dems Got Record Turnout, Ignore That What GOP Got Was Even Better

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Ever since President Donald Trump took office, Democrats and their allies in the media have hyped an upcoming “blue wave” of Democrat electoral success in the 2018 midterm elections.

Some in the mainstream media have even gone so far as to suggest that they could “turn Texas blue,” even as Republicans have dominated the state for at least the past two decades.

But following the Texas primary election results on Tuesday, even The Associated Press was forced to essentially admit that the glowing media predictions of a Democrat wave were little more than wishful thinking, at least in the state of Texas.

In a typical midterm election year, but especially when the presidency and Congress are controlled by the same party, the incumbent party’s voters suffer from a lack of enthusiasm while the “out” party is generally much more enthusiastic to take back control — take the rise of the tea party in 2010, for example.

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However, it appears that Democrat enthusiasm was no match for the sheer number of Republicans in Texas, nor those voters’ determination to keep the state red. Even though Democrats saw more than a million voters cast a ballot for the primary election — the most since 2002 — that number was dwarfed by a record turnout of more than 1.5 million Republican primary voters, higher than the record 1.48 million in 2010.

In fact, Breitbart noted that incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who the liberal media and Democrats have long despised and hoped to oust from office, received 1.3 million votes in a race against four GOP challengers.

Meanwhile, progressive leftist Democrat Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, who the liberal media have heaped lavish praise and attention upon as their greatest hope to unseat the conservative Cruz, received a mere 641,311 votes in a race against two other Democrat opponents.

To put things in even greater perspective, Cruz actually received more votes than the entirety of all Democrat votes cast statewide.

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This despite O’Rourke out-raising Cruz in campaign donations thus far and a greatly increased turnout by Democrats in early voting, which gave the party a lead heading into primary day.

Politico’s election results coverage showed a similar occurrence in regard to the gubernatorial race, as incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott easily obtained 90 percent of the Republican vote — more than 1.3 million votes overall — against two other GOP candidates.

Meanwhile, the top two Democrat challengers — former Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston businessman Andrew White — received just over 715,000 votes combined in a race which contained a total of nine challengers. They will face a runoff in May to decide who will challenge Abbott in November.

The Democrat media will no doubt continue to hype the higher than average turnout for Democrats in the Texas primary while they ignore the even higher Republican turnout, and will search long and hard for any sort of sign of momentum that can be applied nationwide as we head toward November.

To be sure, the Democrat Party has a chance to pick off a few seats here and there around the country, and it is possible that they may even manage to change a red state into blue … but it won’t be Texas, at least not this go-round.

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That said, those possible gains could easily be countered by Republicans picking off the seats of vulnerable Democrats in solid red states, and if the left continues to push unpopular gun ban proposals, mock tax cuts that help working class Americans and offer no message other than “resistance,” they may even lose a few of their own “safe” seats as well.

The incredible amount of hype from the media regarding Democrat turnout in Texas, while ignoring even higher turnout among Republicans, is yet another example of why so many Americans have lost trust in the media, and why they will most likely be utterly shocked when their preferred party loses once again in November.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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Louisiana
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American
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The School of Life
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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