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Crushed: 22 Points

A noted pollster said the following after last night.

“People want inspiration and they’re not getting that from Hillary Clinton.”

It wasn’t because of home field advantage. Commentary is talking about the 22% crushing victory by Sen. Bernie Sanders last night over Secretary Hillary Clinton.

It is not a demography thing either.

Sanders is running a better campaign. He has got a better message. He appears to be more genuine. His supporters are more enthusiastic.

On to Nevada.

These two Nevada natives won the MLB Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same year. Who am I talking about?

Keep on Trumping. As long as there is a crowded GOP field, the better for Trump.

It is coming to Texas.

The 29th Congressional District ranks dead last amongst the 36 Congressional districts in Texas for voter participation and turnout in general elections and here is this from the Chron:

U.S. Congressman Gene Green has taken Texas’ 29th District Democratic primary to television, leveraging his substantial financial advantage over challenger Adrian Garcia to pour more than $240,000 into network and cable advertising over the next three weeks.

Green’s English- and Spanish-language ads focus on his involvement in the community, providing a contrast to Garcia’s more aggressive negative messaging about the incumbent.

Seeking to fend off his first primary challenge in two decades, Green is relying on his war chest and deep roots in the 77-percent Hispanic district that curls around eastern Houston from the near north side to the Hobby Airport area.

“Welcome to my office. To solve problems, you have to get out in the community,” Green says in an ad that is set to begin airing Wednesday on Comcast. “That’s how we turned a cantina into a thriving clinic expanding access to health care.”

Green has spent $141,000 on cable ads running in the North Houston, Baytown, Pasadena and Pearland areas, and another $100,000 on ads set to begin airing on KHOU-11 next week, records show. The campaign expects to spend a total of $350,000 on television advertising by the end of the week, including on Spanish-language channels.

“Getting people’s attention is going to be hard,” Green consultant Robert Jara said, noting that the presidential race soon will hit Texas in full force. “We wanted to make sure we got things locked in before the presidential candidates started moving into Texas.”

Democratic consultant Ward Curtin characterized Green’s cable advertising as significant but called his broadcast purchase “a squirt gun.”

“That’s not enough gas in the tank to get anywhere,” said Curtin, who is unaffiliated with the campaigns.

Green’s campaign said it plans additional spending on network television and radio as the March 1 primary nears.

A new approach

Comcast and Federal Communications Commission files for major Houston-area channels had no record of advertising purchases by Garcia’s campaign.

Instead, Garcia, who was sitting on just $73,000 in his campaign account at the end of last year, has focused on free media, sending near-daily campaign announcements and news releases, many of which attack Green on issues ranging from gun safety to the environment.

“Benzene Gene is not for District 29,” read a Garcia press release emailed Tuesday afternoon.

Garcia’s antagonistic campaign strategy contrasts with his passive approach to last year’s Houston mayoral race, when he brought in more than $2.5 million as of late October, out-raising his closest competitor by nearly $850,000.

The one-time frontrunner failed to make the runoff, however, as his campaign hesitated to respond to mounting attacks of his record as Harris County sheriff.

Garcia, who announced his congressional bid in mid-December, raised $78,000 in the fourth quarter of last year, mostly from individual Houston-area donors.

Green, on the other hand, took in about $202,000, more than three-quarters of it from political action committees. He raised about $129,000 on or after the day Garcia filed to run. He reported $1.2 million in cash on hand.

Banking on the past

Political newcomer Dominique Garcia, who also is running in the Democratic primary, reported taking in $5,000.

Garcia spokesman Sergio Cantu brushed aside the former Harris County sheriff’s financial disadvantage, pointing to his past victories in Harris County.

“Given the short time frame, we never planned to match up financially, but we do have enough money to run a winning campaign,” Cantu said in an email. “Sheriff Garcia is the largest Democratic vote-getter in the history of Harris County and has won eight contested elections in parts or all of the 29th district.”

Most of the congressional campaign, however, has been conducted in 2016, after the conclusion of the most recent reporting period.

“The question that we don’t know is, ‘Has Garcia raised anything? Is he going to be able to get up on the air at all?'” local Democratic strategist Keir Murray said.

Cantu declined to comment on Garcia’s advertising strategy.

Murray, who is not working on the District 29 race, said even if the former sheriff doesn’t advertise on television, however, voters may still remember his mayoral ads from last year.

“It seems counterintuitive, but even though Green has been the incumbent for more than two decades, I might suggest that he needs more money than Garcia does, only because he hasn’t had a real race in a long time and people have short memories,” Murray said.

Bryce Harper who won last season’s NL MVP Award and Kris Bryant who won last season’s Rookie of the Year Award were both born in Las Vegas Nevada of course.

From Tags:

Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis told MLB.com on Tuesday that he will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.

Gattis said via text message that he is optimistic he will be ready for the start of the regular season or shortly thereafter, and he hopes to start getting some at-bats in mid- to late March. Astros position players are scheduled to work out for the first time on Feb. 23.



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