The Texas primaries include several marquee matchups: Gov. Greg Abbott and state Attorney General Ken Paxton
face GOP challengers, while in Laredo, longtime Rep. Henry Cuellar
, the most conservative Democrat in the US House, faces a primary rematch with progressive Jessica Cisneros.
But Tuesday will also serve as a test run for the battles for the governor’s office and several key congressional districts that will play out in the fall. Democratic campaigns and party officials say they are watching closely to see how the restrictive new voting law
passed by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature and signed by Abbott, who is seeking a third term, shapes primary turnout, and how the party can best reach those most directly affected by the law
“We’re not going to be cowering. We’re not hiding from it. We’re not going to try to design crazy strategies,” said Nick Rathod, the campaign manager for Democrat Beto O’Rourke
, who is challenging Abbott. “We’re going to try to meet it head-on with the army that we’ve been building.”