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A voter in South Austin hands out campaign material outside the Gardner Betts Annex. Photo: Drew Anthony Smith / Getty Images

More than 1 million Democratic voters went to the polls in Texas last night, the first time they've passed that number in a midterm primary since 2002, per AP. And more than half of the 50 women running for Congress in the reliably red state either advanced to the runoff or won their primaries.

Why it matters: Texas might not be turning blue, but last night's primaries showed how 2018 could be the year for Democratic women running successfully in tough districts around the country. "It was not a good night to be a white guy in a Democratic primary," said a Democratic pollster involved in various Texas races.

Winners: EMILY's List.

  • The group is arguably the largest resource for pro-choice Democratic women. Of the five House candidates they endorsed, two won their primaries outright (TX-16 and TX-29) and three advanced to runoffs (TX-07, TX-23 and TX-32).
  • The two who won their primaries, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, are one step closer to becoming the first Latinas Texas has ever elected to Congress.
  • "Democratic primary voters are looking for the opposite of Trump," said the Democratic pollster involved in Texas races. "A progressive woman is a good vessel for that."

Losers: The DCCC.

  • They released a brutal opposition memo encouraging Texas voters not to support Laura Moser in TX-07, calling her a "Washington insider who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress."
  • Moser is now headed into a runoff against Lizzie Fletcher (backed by EMILY's List).
  • Fletcher led Moser by 19 percentage points in absentee voting and 7 percentage points in early voting, and last night Moser closed that gap to just 5 percentage points.
  • The DCCC's opposition to Moser arguably helped her in this race. Given their desire to weed out candidates in crowded California primaries, it's not clear that any candidate will be too intimidated by the DCCC's involvement in their race moving forward.

Big picture: General enthusiasm among Democratic voters who are angry about President Trump — whose presidency has inspired women's marches around the world and coincided with the #MeToo movement — could continue to propel women candidates forward in 2018.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.

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