Parties announce candidates that qualified for primary election

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By comparison, 151,236 had voted in the Democratic primary in those counties.

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 1 will see Republican's Randy Thompson and Tom Adams running. Republican early voter turnout is up by 17 percent from 2014 but still lagging behind 2016 turnout.

Theriault said the four Democrats running, including businessman Joseph Kopser and former congressional staffer Derrick Crowe, may also have a chance to take the seat in November, given demographic changes happening in Austin.

Gary Kling filed as a Republican to run for a seat on the Burke County Board of Commissioners. Walker was intending to run as a full candidate, but opted to run as a write-in after the Lake County Elections Board informed him he did not have enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot.

Incumbent Tax Collector Mike Matthews, 38, will face Republican opposition in the Primary Election from Andrew Ferguson, 28, Republican, who is the assistant manager of Haywood Pharmacy. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, and his primary foe, Veronica Birkenstock, both feature Trump in their campaign advertisements. But we believe Trump is the key variable that caused increased Democratic primary turnout in 2018 versus 2014 when he was not a factor.

In the race for state Senate District 48, incumbent Republican Sen.

"Squeezing more Democratic votes out of urban areas is critical to the party's future", Rottinghaus said. Since early primary voting began last week, just 10.6 percent of Dallas County's rough total of 53,000 early votes came from someone born in 1980 or later. Superior & District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year. While Theriault said competition for the seat makes sense given the potential for another long career like Smith's, the number of Republican candidates in the running is still abnormal.

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After all, no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994.

Greg Abbott is urging conservatives to be so afraid of isn't made up of many young voters. All three move right along to the general election.

The bottom line is that there's really no evidence Democrats nationally are suffering from too many primaries or too much infighting.

Third District Congressman Walter B. Jones will be challenged in the GOP primary by Phil Law of Jacksonville and Scott Dacey of New Bern. Diane Feinstein failing to receive it (and her primary opponent Kevin de Leon almost getting it) this year were straws in the wind, but hardly dispositive of what will happen in June or November.

Claiborne Holtzman filed to run in N.C. House District 23.

Three of the 11 House Democratic contested races feature incumbents Don Davis, District 5; Ben Clark, District 21; and Joel Ford, District 38.

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