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  •  huge GOP vs Dem turnout disparity in TX (4+ / 0-)
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    DRo, chemborg, GleninCA, Odysseus

    Turnout in yesterday's Texas Dem and GOP statewide primaries shows the uphill climb TX Democrats face to turn Texas blue:

    For state Agriculture Commissioner for example, there were 490,000 Democrats voting and 1,186,000 Republicans voting.

    In the 2 U.S. Senate primaries, there were 507,000 Democrats voting and 1,309,000 Republicans.

    Sigh.

    •  I can tell you what part of the problem (2+ / 0-)
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      GleninCA, tom 47

      was from my little neck of the woods in Dallas County.  Total turnout: 86,780 R vs. 67,925 D.  Dallas County is a pretty blue county, in general.  Has the tide turned?  No.  I think one of the issues was that 1) it was pretty much a forgone conclusion that Wendy is the nominee for governor, so why bother going to vote for her in the primary, 2) we didn't even run anybody in races that might have turned more people out i.e. sen dist 16, amongst others, and 3) there really wasn't much that was contested outside of judgeships, and those don't really drive people to the polls.  The Republicans had many hotly-contested races and were forever dominating the  broadcast tv commercial landscape with wackos out-wackoing each other.
      Just my thoughts.  

      Culbert Olson is my hero!

      by chemborg on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:22:43 AM PST

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    •  Gutting Obamacare and Jesus Riding a Dinosaur (3+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, chemborg, TexasLefty

      I believe the Republicans inserted "Repeal Obamacare" and "Religious Expression" ballot issues into their primary (among other hot button resolutions)...ginning up their rubes and therefore...turnout. They always know how to get their illiterate base excited to vote. They're experts at manipulation of the herd.

      "Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?" - General Jack D. Ripper

      by wilder5121 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:44:04 AM PST

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    •  I wouldn't worry too much about this. (3+ / 0-)
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      texasmom, stevenaxelrod, DRo

      Most of the Democratic primaries are either uncontested or (like the gubernatorial primary) the outcome is a foregone conclusion.  The only people who vote in the Democratic primary are, basically, people who want to participate in the local conventions.  The lone exception is in the Rio Grande Valley (where for local races, the Democratic primary is the election), but even there turnout is going to be low.

      On the other hand, in many counties (i.e. outside the major urban areas or the Rio Grande Valley) the Republican primary is the election, for all intents and purposes, so if you want to have a say in who the local officeholders are, you vote in the Republican primary.

      29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:49:32 AM PST

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