Now that the votes are counted, we have some answers and some observations about where we are headed in the 2018 midterms.
Unlike in many previous election cycles, Texas is the only state hosting a primary on Tuesday and the first in a midterm election cycle drawing intense national interest over whether a possible Democratic wave could flip control of the U.S. House or Senate in November.
Beto O'Rourke secured the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Senator Ted Cruz, and, for the first time since 1992, the party has a candidate in all 36 of the state's congressional districts running for the House.
Ted Cruz's first shot at his expected Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke? Democrats were split between Berniecrats and centrists, while Republicans were split between moderates and the far right. Texas has always been a Republican stronghold, but O'Rourke has outraised Cruz in recent months.
Periello says the Virginia results show there's room in the party even in the same primary for a range of philosophies and styles.
Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston Spa, voted in favor of bills that would ban bump stocks and increase wait times for gun buyers flagged as needing more time to vet through mandatory background checks.
Even with a super-energized base, he only got 641,000 votes, less than half of Cruz's total.
State Rep. Charlie Green (Fort Worth) wins GOP primary of District 99, defeating Bo French.
Other Texas Democrats, including Moser's opponents, say national players should stay out. GOP turnout was highest since 2010.More news: Arsenal suffer setback ahead of AC Milan game
Texas has a record eight open congressional races this year, including two now held by entrenched Republicans who opted against re-election amid scandal.
At Valdez's election night event in Dallas, a county she won, she said: "I am really humbled that so many Texans who are ready for a change are giving me the opportunity to lead that change".
Six Republicans and two Democrats in the 38-member Texas congressional delegation opted not to run for re-election, drawing dozens of candidates to those open seat races, including 18 Republicans and four Democrats vying to replace U.S. Rep.
The DCCC failed to block its least favorite candidate, Laura Moser, from advancing to the runoff. He raised more money than his opponents, but not so much more that money would exclusively explain his impressive win.
While much of the Democratic plan would send money to traditional infrastructure priorities like highways, transit and waterways, Schumer highlighted less conventional spending priorities, including $40 billion to build high-speed Internet connections in rural areas and $80 billion to upgrade the country's energy grid.
Despite a rollicking primary campaign season, incumbent George P. Bush won the GOP primary Tuesday night, avoiding a runoff against his predecessor, Jerry Patterson. They already have 35 out of 60 seats in the House and 17 out of 30 in the Senate. The state Democratic Party last month endorsed her more liberal opponent, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon.
The Democratic turnout in a deep-red state like Texas will be studied for whether it's a sign of nationwide momentum for the left since Trump's election in 2016. Watch next week's special election in Pennsylvania's 18 Congressional District very closely.
35 of the 100 seats in the Senate and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs.
Now, O'Rourke will face a tough road ahead in a state that's getting purpler but may not be quite there yet.