Former Air Force helicopter pilot MJ Hager won the Democratic Senate runoff in Texas on Tuesday to face Sen. John cornynJohn Cornynum Jay Hager wins Democratic fight, challenges John Cornyn the Hill’s campaign report: Alabama, Texas, Maine 5 main races to watch Tuesday’s main race (R-Texas) in November.
The Associated Press began the race on Wednesday morning, with Hager head longtime state Sen. Royce West, with 79 percent of pretenders reporting 52 percent to 48 percent.
Hager was the favorite candidate of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm. But she came up short of the 50 percent vote required to vote outright in the March primary, which had a crowded field of contenders.
Put him in a runoff against the West, touching off a long and bitter race for the Democratic nomination. West repeatedly raised questions about Hager’s party’s credibility, including his decision to vote in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, and accused the National Democrats of putting their thumbs up for Hager.
Pulling in $ 1.8 million in the second quarter of the year, Hager was the better-funded candidate in the race. During the same period West raised less than half a million dollars, and spent only $ 24,000 on television advertising attacking Hager.
Hager’s victory on Tuesday set him up for a general election challenge for Cornyn.
“Together, we are pursuing a Texas-size winning campaign that will take down Senator Cornyn and deliver real results on health care, racial justice, economic opportunity, climate change, immigration, and gun violence. As the mother who lived many. There are challenges facing working families across the state, I am proud to lead the effort to get my state back from politicians like John Cornyn, who is more DC than Texas, “she added. Said in a statement after the victory.
Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their opportunities in Texas, assuming that the former repo. Beto O’Rourke (R-Texas) misses in her 2018 bid against Sen. Ted cruiseRafael (Ted) Edward Cruzam J. Hager wins the Democratic battle to challenge John Cornyn the Hill’s campaign report: Maine takes race in Alabama, Texas, Maine 5 major races to see more on Tuesday (R-Texas) and the state’s rapidly changing demographics reflect a sea change in the historically conservative politics of Texas.
Democrats are also hopeful that they can knock out the Senate this year. They will need to choose three or four GOP-held seats, on the basis of which the party wins the White House, to complete.
So far, the majority path of Democrats has focused on four states: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina. However, a handful of states, including Montana, Iowa and Georgia, have come to play for Democrats, who also see Texas as an important pick-up opportunity.
But unsuiting cornine can prove difficult. A former Senate majority whip, the three-term incumbent has captured an important war chest; His campaign announced on Monday that it would report having $ 14.5 million in cash on hand at the end of the second quarter. And recent elections showed him with a relatively wide lead in the race.