Months of wish casting, hoping, dreaming, pretending a blue wave was cresting in the Lone Star State, only to be clobbered by Republicans in voter turnout.
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". Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso.
As Democrats seek to retake control of the House of Representatives by turning 24 seats blue, Texas is unlikely to turn to give them a win, some warned. Republican, Democrat, Independent ... are getting off the sidelines and into the game ... they know that everything that matters to them and their families is on the line right now and they're getting involved.
With over 99% of precincts counted (and not including votes for any third parties), Democratic turnout did top one million in a midterm primary for the first time since 2002, but it still lagged well behind the over 1.5 million votes cast in the Republican primary.
Some Democrats - like Veronica Escobar, who won the Democratic nomination in the race for the 16th Congressional District - are crediting the Trump administration for their victories. Bonus: this is a banner year for Democrat primary turnout.
Gov. Abbott will steamroll his primary tonight and sits comfortably on his $40 million in the bank, ready for fall's general election.
David Wasserman, a congressional elections expert in Washington, said that even in a primary election, the enthusiasm level showed by Democrats is consequential. Emily's List-backed lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and attorney Alex Triantaphyllis are other candidates to watch in a race that could be headed for a runoff.
Kopser's willingness to compromise with Republicans on issues like border security funding and a clean DREAM Act has made him a frequent target for Crowe and McFadden, who've labeled him as an "establishment candidate" and "Republican-lite". Loudly strong (Trump). Quietly strong (Wall).
The committee believes that disqualifies her as a general election candidate and would cripple a potential campaign against Culberson.
But their chances might not be as great as they think, though.
In the races for U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican Ted Cruz blew away second-place Mary Miller, 1,316,002 votes to 94,320. He contends that Bush, who is facing a serious primary challenge, is trying to convince voters that he's something he's not.
It was the first time in 16 years Democrats cast more than one million votes in a Texas primary, the DNC said. Barton, whose district is home to at least 7,700 Dreamers, supports a legislative fix to DACA. He noted that Lamb did not face a Democratic primary, which often forces candidates to move to the left. There are a number of open seats from Congress to Legislature. Dianne Feinstein after 26 years in office and instead endorsed her more liberal Democratic rival.
As the White House struggles to finance an ambitious infrastructure plan, Senate Democrats are proposing one alternative - albeit one unlikely to pass muster with President Donald Trump: rolling back the recently passed Republican tax overhaul. Two little-known Democrats - former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White - advanced to a runoff for the right to be Abbott's Democratic opponent in November.
Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016.
It's a trend seen in other recent elections. A Harvard Center for American Political Studies-The Harris Center poll showed 76% of voters support a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, including 63% of Republicans.
"They still have a long way to go", said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant in Austin, Texas, who contended that without Trump on the ballot in November, Democrats may yet have problems motivating voters to come out to the polls.
Patterson, in a statement, said: "While I didn't win, Texas did".