A record-setting number of women sought political office in primary elections across Texas on Tuesday, as the number of women running for Congress has surged nationwide in the wake of the election of President Donald Trump. In Texas, nearly 50 women candidates participated in primary elections — more than half of whom won or advanced to runoffs, according to The Associated Press. Altogether, the number of Democrats voting in the Texas primaries doubled from the last midterm election in 2014.
“It’s Trump. It’s Trump,” explained Veronica Escobar of the big night for women in Texas, the first state in the nation to hold a 2018 primary. Escobar and fellow Democrat Sylvia Garcia are expected to become the first Latinas from Texas to be elected to Congress. “I’ve spoken to innumerable senior citizens, retirees, parents of disabled children, people who understand what this administration means to their families. And they’re afraid.”
“This is not my victory. This is all of our victory,” Garcia told supporters at her campaign headquarters in Houston. “This was for Latinos who for too long have sat on the political sidelines while the president sits in the White House blaming all of our problems on immigrants.”
Among the women to lose out on the campaign trail was Republican fundraiser Kathleen Wall, who came up just a little more than 100 votes shy of a runoff despite spending nearly $6 million on her campaign.
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