Numbers don't lie, but in the case of the March 6 Texas primary election, they might be selective and short of context. The conclusion from the turnout numbers is that the Democrats' so-called blue wave didn't occur. More than 1.5 million Texans voted Republican, compared with more than 1 million Democrats. Turnout for both parties increased from 2014, the last non-presidential primary. The Democratic gain was noticeably bigger and the gap, therefore, is smaller now.
Keeping it real in the Republican runoff for Congressional District 27 is going to be a struggle, evidently. This, I discovered from answers to a question I posed on Facebook on primary Election Day. Candidate Bech Bruun grew up in Corpus Christi and has spent his adult life working mostly in state government in Austin, deeply connected to the Republican power structure. The other runoff candidate, Michael Cloud, is from Victoria.
Long before U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold obliterated his chances of being re-elected, some of Corpus Christi's most economically and politically powerful people were thrilled to the point of giddiness that one of Corpus Christi's own was about to be appointed to something called the Texas Water Development Board. More: Statement from Blake Farenthold withdrawing from 2018 Congressional RaceMost of us have no idea how excited our business and industry elite can get about water.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".