Texas held the nation’s first primary on March 4. In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Kesha Rogers placed second. Because no one got as much as 50%, a run-off primary will be held on May 27.
Rogers is the candidate backed by Lyndon LaRouche’s organization. See this story about her, written before the results were known. The preliminary Democratic primary results for U.S. Senate are: David Alameel 47.06%, Rogers 21.72%, Maxey Marie Scherr 17.69%, Harry Kim 8.93%, Michael Fjetland 4.57%.
The Texas primary for both major parties had low turnout. Texas had 13,445,285 registered voters as of November 2013. Although not all the 2014 primary returns have been counted, so far the total vote cast for Governor in the Republican primary is 1,333,010, and the total vote cast for Governor in the Democratic primary is 546,480. By contrast, in 2010, there were 1,484,542 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary and 680,548 in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
The low turnout is good news for the 1787 Party, which hopes to petition for a place on the November ballot. Voters who voted in the primary cannot sign for a new party or an independent candidate. Texas is the only state which doesn’t let voters sign for an independent or a new party if the voter voted in the primary.