HDCC Defends Incumbents; Republicans Lose Top Leaders

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Just a quick Saturday afternoon post — this week's email from the HDCC was a stark reminder of how disjointed life is on the other side of the aisle. While every single Democratic State House incumbent won their primary last Tuesday, the same is hardly true on the Republican side of the aisle, where extreme purity tests and excessive spending by anti-civilization right-wing extremists tossed seven incumbents out of office. Redistricting, which paired several of them, surely played a role in that, but it's notable that in many contested Republican primary races, the “more conservative” challenger bested the incumbent.

HDCC Executive Director Cliff Walker writes:

Two important stories emerged from Tuesday's primary elections.

Story One: Seven Republican House members were defeated in their primaries. Some who lost were in the House leadership, and most who won campaigned as the more “conservative” choice.

Story Two: Thanks to their well-run grassroots campaigns and strong legislative records, every single Democratic House incumbent was re-elected.

If that doesn't show a clear difference between the parties, nothing will. Last session, the Tea Party assumed command of the Republican Party and steered Texas in a catastrophically extreme direction. This Tuesday, they decided double down on their destructive agenda and they slammed their foot on the gas.

Part of the HDCC's mission is to protect Democratic incumbents, and together, with the support of friends like you, on Tuesday we batted 100%.

Though we have a few run-offs this summer, our eyes can turn to the general election, where Democrats are poised to make great gains in the statehouse, and pick up several seats. It remains to be seen right now if the Republicans' efforts to rid their party of sane nominees will actually help us pick up even more seats this November.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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