Politico takes a look at the Lone Star state doings before the polls close on March 1st….
The Texas primaries are coming up fast. Early voting is already underway in the Lone Star State, where there are must-watch races up and down the ballot.
The state’s 38 congressional races will offer clues about where the midterm cycle is headed, and voters will decide a contentious Republican primary for state attorney general. Plus, GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is protecting his right flank against several credible challengers, setting the stage for a likely general election fight against former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Here are six numbers to know before the polls close next Tuesday in Texas.
2,746: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) fended off progressive primary challenger Jessica Cisneros in 2020, winning 2,746 more votes than she did in the 28th District. Cisneros is running against Cuellar again this year, in a district that became slightly more blue in redistricting. Adding to the drama, Cuellar’s Laredo home and campaign office were raided by the FBI several weeks ago. Cisneros has racked up endorsements from top progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and the primary rematch could provide some momentum for the left as the midterms get into full swing in the spring….