March 1st was Election Day in Texas, and it was a Super Tuesday indeed!
In Texas, we saw Hillary Clinton pick up 147 delegates, while Bernie Sanders garnered 75 (not counting superdelegates).
Despite being a part of the excitement of Super Tuesday, there are some sobering numbers to consider:
- 30% of registered voters turned out (4.2 Million votes, same as 2008)
- 1.4 million Democrats voted (half of 2008)
- 2.8 million Republicans voted (double of 2008)
- nearly 1/3 of voters in the Democratic primary voted for President only
We know how important down-ballot races are, and we know how hard it is to get attention for them in Presidential years. This year is certainly no different, and we’ve got work to do. We’ll have seven large primary runoff races on May 24th (Early Vote May 16-20).
- Congressional District 15
- Railroad Commissioner
- State Board of Education, District 6
- TX House District 27
- TX House District 120
- TX House District 139
- 8th Court of Appeals, Place 3
Many counties also have runoff races, so be sure to check the election returns from the Secretary of State and your county party to find out how much your county party needs you. (Hint: They always need you!)
Don’t forget, County/Senate District Conventions are fast approaching on Saturday March 19th. You may pre-register for the convention at http://register.txdemocrats.org
At these conventions, delegates are elected to go to the State Convention in San Antonio June 16-18. TDW will host the Women’s Caucus, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Now that we’re past the bulk of the primary races, it’s time for us all to come together for the greater good of Democrats. Never doubt that we are Stronger Together!
President, Texas Democratic Women