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Both parties see strong turnout in primaries

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Facebook Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. + posts Twitter What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Voters wait in lines stretching out the building at a polling site in South Fort Worth. Photo courtesy Amiso George What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonald Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ printPart of why many Texans had to wait in long lines to cast their ballot Tuesday was because of strong voter turnout on both sides. More than 4 million Texans cast their ballot in this year’s primary elections, and turnout was nearly equal for Democrats and Republicans. “Turnout in the 2020 Democratic primary shattered our expectations, with over 2 million Texans making their voices be heard,” said Manny Garcia, the executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. The 4,084,431 votes cast was the third most in a primary since 2000 but the first in which both parties eclipsed 2 million votes. The Republican voter turnout was especially strong, given they have an incumbent president. Their 12.4% share of registered voters more than doubled the Democratic share in 2012 (4.6%) and nearly did the same to the GOP share in 2004 (6.8%) when incumbents were also on the ballot. “The overall message is just how excited Republicans are and the hard work we are doing to prepare for victory in November,” Republican Party of Texas chair James R. Dickey said on the “Let’s Talk Texas” podcast. Garcia expressed a similar sentiment about strong primary turnout helping Democrats in the November general election. “Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country,” he said. “The energy among Texas Democrats will carry us to victory up and down the ballot in November.”The strong turnout from both parties was foreshadowed in the 2018 midterms when Texas saw an 18% increase in turnout, according to the United States Election Project. Both parties will look to keep the increases going in November. Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Previous articleThe Skiff: March 5, 2020Next articleSnow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williamslast_img read more

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