The Midterm election season in the US has officially kicked off, with Texas voters casting their votes in the first primary of 2018.
In a sign that the red state could turn purple more quickly than expected, more Democrats are headed to the polls in the Lone Star State.
Some political experts said more Democrats are motivated to vote, mainly because of their opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies. But they pointed out that more participation in the primary does not necessary mean those candidates will win in November.
But at least the candidates are nominated.
State data on Texas’ 15 largest counties showed a surge in Democratic votes. More than 885,000 people voted early — either in person or by mail — 420,329 Republicans and 465,245 Democrats.
Filipino-American Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones is running for the House of Representatives for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.
A career civil servant, Ortiz Jones had never run for office before but if she wins — she would make history as the first lesbian, Iraq war veteran and first-generation Filipina-American to hold a US house seat in Texas.
The 2018 US elections will mostly be held on Tuesday, November 6.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 out of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. 39 state and territorial governorships and various state and local elections will also be contested.