Democratic recruiter notes uptick in interest
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.