U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) campaigns in Houston on November 11, 2017.
For the most part, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee stayed out of Texas's congressional primaries - with one notable exception.
State Sen. Van Taylor, a businessman and Marine Iraq war veteran won the Republican nomination to replace outgoing Rep. Sam Johnson, who has held the seat for the GOP since 1991.
The surge in Democratic enthusiasm continued a pattern seen in earlier special elections and in the governor's race in Virginia past year, with voters largely galvanized by their opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Last week the president tweeted his support, writing, "Texas LC George P. Bush backed me when it wasn't the politically correct thing to do, and I back him now".
At Valdez's election night event in Dallas, a county she won, she said: "I am really humbled that so many Texans who are ready for a change are giving me the opportunity to lead that change".
"My family wants home and I want to go home", said Kristiansen, who has represented the 39th District since 2002.
Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took 1,164,881 votes, or 75.9 percent of the Republican ballots - more than 200,000 ahead of the combined totals of Democratic victor Mike Collier (591,457) and runner-up Michael Cooper's 455,988.
For County Commissioner Precinct 2, incumbent Cheryl Williams received the Republican nomination with 8,295 votes (68.60 percent.) Other Republican nominee Joey Herald received 3,796 votes (31.40 percent.) Williams will face off against Democratic primary victor Tanner Do who received 6,276 votes (100 percent) in November.
Democrats haven't won a statewide office in Texas since 1994.
This enthusiasm, he said, is being "fueled in reaction to" President Donald Trump, who endorsed Cruz and several other Texas Republicans in a tweet at the end of February.
"He has guts. He's not afraid".
The only local contested race in November will be for Precinct 2 justice of the peace where Democrat Ray J. Black, who had no primary opponent, will face Republican Mike Bell, who had no primary opponent.
In the 7th, Democratic candidate Laura Moser advanced, even after the national committee that oversees the party's House election efforts took the unusual step of trying to disparage her campaign because it fears she's too liberal to win a general election.
Chris Peri (TX-25), a criminal defense attorney, came in first but faces a runoff. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Yes, those were competitive primaries for Democrats while the GOP is running three incumbents who faced token opposition, but those districts are still in play - and they're happening in the suburbs, where Trump's approval rating is suffering. Neither O'Rourke nor Cruz had faced serious primary challengers, but O'Rourke has outraised Cruz and the incumbent has warned conservatives against complacency, suggesting that liberals will "crawl over broken glass in November to vote", against Trump and the GOP. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who has dominated in a three-way Republican primary for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. She'll take on Democrat Roman McAllen. That means Democratic turnout more than doubled from four years ago, while Republican turnout rose less than 15 percent. Early voting totals in Travis County show the four-term incumbent with almost double the votes of his challenger, Jay Wiley, while Vikki Goodwin leads the Democratic field, according to Travis County numbers.
The Texas Tribune's Abby Livingston writes that in the 32nd District, it's former State Department official and ex-Clinton staffer Ed Meier who has raised the most money and is expected to secure a spot in the May runoff.