HOUSTON - With Texas now being considered a toss-up state, Harris County Republicans are worried about turnout and whether Donald Trump’s declining poll numbers will have an impact on down ballot races.
If you look at your sample ballot I Harris County, you already know about Trump and Hillary Clinton. But there are also a lot of other races – some of them judges’ races – and Republicans are concerned this national election could hurt their chances.
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Two women from two different political parties are running for two different judicial positions.
Sophia Mafrige and Julia Maldonado are trying to meet as many voters as possible. They have to work harder to meet voters. Unlike candidates at the top of tickets, most people don’t know who they are. And in a year looking tougher for Republicans, candidates with an “R” next to their names are worried the national election could affect them.
“I am particularly concern about the outcome of judicial races in Harris County,” Governor Greg Abbott said when he came to Harris County Tuesday to rally support for Republicans running for judge.
“I’ve got to tell you, Texas is being tested by Hillary Clinton who is buying TV ads in the reddest of the red states,” Abbott said.
Mafrige is a Republican and is doing whatever she can to reach voters of all political stripes.
“We ask everyone to please remember the down ballot races, no matter how you feel on a national level,” Mafrige said.
Maldonado said her fellow Democrats can’t take Trump’s declining poll numbers for granted.
“They may be upset with Hillary or Trump, but we’re still down ballot, especially this particular court, I think it’s at the very bottom,” Maldonado said. “So if they don’t come out to vote, well, that affects this particular court, which is a court that will affect the Harris County voters.”
In Harris County, there are 23 judicial races that will be decided. Eleven Republicans and 12 Democrats are in office now, but this election could change that balance.
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