Republican mega-donor Kathaleen Wall did not advance to the runoff despite pumping close to $6 million of her own money into her campaign for District 2 in the Houston area. Her husband is the founder of Houston-based tech company Texas Memory Systems.
For all the talk of renewed Democratic energy heading into the 2018 midterms, Texas Republicans have set a new benchmark for turnout in a midterm election.
More than 1.5 million people voted Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, won by incumbent Ted Cruz. That beats the previous record of 1.48 million in 2010, during former President Barack Obama’s first term.
Texas remains a deeply conservative state that hasn’t elected a Democrat statewide since 1994.