Leading up to Texans voting in the state's primary races on Tuesday, the media had tried to portray Texas as being on the verge of going blue for the first time in decades. The results, however, showed a very different story about what is going on in the state.
Sure, Democrats, motivated by their hatred of President Donald Trump, showed up in large numbers, topping the one million mark for the first time since the 2002 primaries — but Republicans one-upped them. The AP reports:
Republicans responded in even larger numbers, passing 1.5 million, breaking the party record of 1.48 million set in 2010.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for the most part, had not even acknowledged his Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Robert "Beto" O'Rourke (D-El Paso), who is campaigning on his nickname in a desperate attempt to appeal to the Hispanic vote in the state.
“Tonight’s election marks the beginning of the general election,” Cruz told a group of reporters hours before the final polls closed. “In November, the voters of Texas will have a clear and stark choice for the United States Senate. Congressman O’Rourke is a left-wing, liberal Democrat — he is running like Bernie Sanders across the state, and the voters of Texas will have a decision of what policies and values reflect their own values.”
After the results came in, Chris Wilson, a former campaign pollster for Ted Cruz, mocked the Democrats and the media's hype about a blue wave sweeping Texas as they hoped to alter reality.
“When it came down to it on election day, this blue wave ended being like a splash up against your ankles and it failed to materialize,” Wilson said.