SPOTLIGHT

There Is So Much to See in Texas

But with crowded primaries, plenty of nominations won’t be decided until May.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, left, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas., pose for a photo at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday evening, March 15, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nearly 36 hours after it started, the bipartisan road trip has ended and the two Texas congressmen are back at work in Washington.
AP Photo/Mary Clare Jalonick
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Kyle Trygstad
March 5, 2018, 7:40 a.m.

This week will provide another window into the midterm enthusiasm gap that could prove detrimental to Republicans’ ability to retain the House majority.

Texas polls open Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET for the first primaries of the election year, but the early votes cast by March 2 already indicate Democratic turnout is way up. Twice as many Democrats voted early compared with 2014, which matches what has unfolded already this cycle in special elections and state races.

The state will see plenty of turnover in its congressional delegation this year. The bulk of that will come from its eight open seats, nearly all of which are in districts unlikely to switch party control. But while they may not be competitive in November, the vacancies created several packed primaries to watch.

The competitive general-election races are most likely to come in the districts of incumbent Republicans. Reps. John Culberson (R-07), Will Hurd (R-23), and Pete Sessions (R-32) are all awaiting their Democratic competition, though a nominee may not be chosen in any of the three contests until after the May 22 runoffs.

Kyle Trygstad

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