>> Energized Democrats voted in record numbers in Texas primaries on Tuesday in a sign that a backlash may be building against President Donald Trump. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where analyst say the results from Texas are a promising sign for Democrats. The party's hoping to win control of Congress in the November elections and it looks like they've got Grassroots Energy on their side.
Turnout was nearly double the levels of 2014, the last midterm elections. That's a sign that Democratic voters are fired up and ready to go, and it's a warning sign for President Trump. If democrats win control of either the House or the Senate, they could slam the brakes on his agenda.
Texas is one of the most conservative states in the country and Democrats have been out of power there since the 1990s. That's not likely to change any time soon. Republican voters cast roughly twice as many ballots as Democrats overall.>> A senator who's working full-time for Texas.>> That means it's an uphill battle for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke who's trying to oust incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.
But strong turnout in the state's largest cities and suburbs show that Democrats stand a good chance of picking up three or four congressional seats. They need a total of 24 nationwide to win control of the House of Representatives. Now, enthusiasm isn't enough. Democrats need good candidates as well.
One national party group intervened in a congressional race in West Houston, urging voters not to back activist Laura Moser on the grounds that she'd be too vulnerable to Republican attacks in the fall. That seems to have backfired. Progressives rallied around her, and now Moser is headed into a May run-off against Houston attorney, Lizzie Panel Fletcher, who's backed by national groups like Emily's List.
We'll be seeing that tension between pragmatism and ideology play out in other primary races in the weeks to come. The results will tell us a lot about the mood of Democratic voters and the party's prospects for success in the fall.