Demo­cratic re­cruiter notes uptick in in­ter­est

The Buffalo News - - CONTINUED FROM THE COVER - – Cox News­pa­pers

AUSTIN, Texas – It’s not un­usual for the elec­tion of a Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dent to bring a surge of Democrats seek­ing seats in the midterm elec­tions.

But Texas Demo­cratic Party lead­ers say the lat­est out­pour­ing of en­thu­si­asm and of­ten anger-fu­eled pas­sion spurred by Pres­i­dent Trump’s elec­tion is un­matched.

“I’ve been re­cruit­ing can­di­dates in Texas for years, and I’ve never seen an en­vi­ron­ment quite like this,” said Cliff Walker, can­di­date re­cruit­ment di­rec­tor for the state Demo­cratic Party.

Walker pre­dicted that for the first time in his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, ev­ery open con­gres­sional seat will be filled by a “strong Demo­cratic nom­i­nee,” and many will have a Demo­cratic pri­mary.

One­suchra­ceis­the pri­mary to chal­lenge U.S. Rep. Roger Wil­liams, R-Austin. So far three Demo­cratic can­di­dates have emerged for the March pri­mary, though there’s still time for oth­ers to join the race be­fore the Nov. 11 dead­line. All three cited Trump as their main mo­ti­va­tor.

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