Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

More Democrats Than Republicans Voted in Texas' Super Tuesday Primary 

click to enlarge PEXELS
  • Pexels
Democratic turnout for Tuesday's Texas primary election fell just shy of 2.1 million, surpassing both Republican turnout and the party's own 2016 numbers, the Texas Secretary of State reports.

With all precincts counted, 2,076,000 people voted in Texas' Democratic primary, compared to the 2,008,385 who participated in the Republican contest.

On the surface, the numbers look like good news for Democrats. After all, many political observers say the Lone Star State, which hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994, may be swinging purple.

But Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson suggests progressives temper their optimism over the numbers with caution.

Traditionally, the party with an undecided presidential contender — this time, the Democrats — gets a turnout surge. Republicans, meanwhile, already knew President Trump would be their nominee, so they felt less urgency to turn out.

"I think we'll see plenty of excitement on both sides and high turnout from both sides in November," Jillson said.
  • Progress Texas
Even so, progressive groups heralded Tuesday's attendance data as evidence demographic trends and mobilization of young and minority voters are working in their favor.

Analysis of recent election numbers shows Democratic turnout in the state is on an upward trend while Republicans turnout remains flat, said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications manager for Progress Texas.

"Republicans aren't expanding their electorate," she said. "We've seen Republicans, especially in Texas, become the party of Trump, and that's not bringing new voters into the tent."

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation