Austin, TX — This evening marks the end of the candidate filing period for the 2018 election. Texas Democrats have filled the statewide ticket with diverse, bold leaders. There are primaries for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, and Railroad Commissioner.
Statewides by the numbers:
- 28 Democratic candidates have filed for 13 statewide positions.
- 10 Democratic candidates have filed for Texas Governor.
- 8 Democratic women have filed for 7 different statewide positions, 4 women have no primary opponents.
- 5 Democrats including 4 sitting judges have filed for Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“A blue wave is rising in the Lone Star State. Texas Democrats are marching, organizing, and stepping up to serve. We are so excited to have a conversation about who we are and where we want to go as a Party.
“I’m proud that such an accomplished, diverse set of statewide candidates are dedicating themselves to fight for Texans. The fact is we all believe in a vision for Texas where everyday folks have a fair shot to get ahead.”
What is different about 2018?
- Texas Democrats are competing everywhere.
- Progressives are fighting back, registering voters, marching, and organizing.
- Texas Democrats just had the best presidential showing in two decades.
- The majority of Texans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing.
- Republican statewides are well under 50 percent approval.