Wendy Davis won her Democratic Party primary contest for Texas governor in convincing fashion.
But was it convincing enough?
That depends on who’s doing the talking.
The Fort Worth state senator captured the primary with one in five Democrats voting for someone else. The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey points out that the anti-Davis primary vote is similar to the totals run up in 1994 by Democratic Gov. Ann Richards — who then went on to lose that year’s general election to a Republican upstart named George W. Bush.
History records that Gov. Bush went on to attain some much loftier political heights.
Ramsey points out that Davis’s primary foe, Ray Madrigal, did virtually zero campaigning, but still managed to pull in nearly 21 percent of the Democratic vote.
That’s about where the comparison stops, though. The 1994 primary was much more active than this year’s Democratic primary. This year, with a voting age population double what it was in 1994, the Democratic primary vote was slightly more than half of what it was 20 years ago. Voting age numbers double, while primary votes are cut in half?
Something tells me that doesn’t bode well for Democrats in the upcoming fall campaign.
Davis isn’t dismayed, she told the Texas Tribune. As Ramsey reports: “I am very confident that by the time we get to November, and given the contrast between these two candidates, that I will have the full support of those living in South Texas and beyond South Texas,” Davis said.
Her Republican foe will be Attorney General Greg Abbott, who won with more than 90 percent of his party’s primary vote. What’s more, he collected many more votes by himself than Davis and Madrigal combined were able to collect.
Thus, you have a prescription for worry — if you’re a Texas Democrat.