How about that pep rally last night? I bet more Ds watched than Rs. They love to be mad.
Fundraising numbers are in for the only race that really matters. (Be honest, do you really care about the judicial races?) The numbers don't really matter. The side that raised more will always say it's a clear indication that they are better. The side that raised less will always say it's a clear indication that the other guy is bought and paid for by special interests. It's a never ending back and forth that is meaningless. The only people who win are "campaign consultants" and those who sell advertising (in its many forms - be it TV, mail, radio etc...).
The outside money is what you should be looking out for. Super Pacs and what not. They will use that money for more significant campaign related actions than the candidate themselves will. They're just better at it.
As for Beto's big haul - awesome. I like to hear good, positive feedback on a guy from El Paso. However, Cruz hasn't even started fundraising yet. Candidates like him are considered very safe and the party asks the safe ones to hold off on sucking all the air (money) out of the room so that the guys with closer races may have some. An indication on how worried Cruz is, would be for him to start hitting the fundraising trail hard.
Remember, there was an 800,000 voter split during the last presidential election and Democrats turned out in numbers. Turnout for the last non presidential year senate election was just over 4. 6 million and Cornyn won by more than a million votes. You have to have a major swing for Beto to really have a shot. Democrats only made up 200,000 votes when turnout increased to around 8 million voters for the presidential election.
Anywho... Veronica has it in the bag. She was anointed and her crowning shall be a glorious affair. This is not an election, but a coronation with some pesky hecklers throwing fruit and what not during the more formal parts of the program.
So, I hear that the forum where my buddy Jaime was picked by lottery to ask Dori a question about Jews was yet another case of the insiders screwing over the outsiders - a la Barry Sanders. Apparently all of Vero's people knew there was this lottery to ask a question and showed up extra early to gobble up all the lottery tickets. By the time other candidates and their entourages showed up... there were no lottery tickets left (shocker!). Dori was going to be bashed for being Jewish no matter whose name was called because all of Vero's people had the tickets and the Jew question ready to go.
I reached out to a guy who was there. He confirmed that the "lesser candidates" (his words) weren't aware of this little game, but Vero's people were. He said it didn't matter because there wasn't a single undecided voter in the room. I argued that it did matter in the grand scheme of things because El Paso's next member of congress appears to have problem with Jews and this little stunt proved it. It's bad because there are Jewish people in the House of Representatives that one must work with in order to properly represent their own district. This is not the way to open doors with colleagues in the lower house.
Dori's people better get better at learning how the game works within the El Paso Democratic Mafia.
My source did tell me that running around the local Democratic factions is kind of like an episode of the popular Showtime series Ray Donovan. I watch the show and it's a quite interesting remark if you know much about the plot.