Texas' early votes exceed total cast in 2014 election

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O'Rourke, a three-term congressman from El Paso, also told "60 Minutes" that "the more people that show up, the better we do" in Tuesday's election. Early voting ended Friday night.

In a race where there are stark contrasts on issues such as immigration and health care, Cruz and O'Rourke agree on one thing: The election, both have said, is a battle for Texas's future. Although Texas has 254 counties, the 30 largest are home to almost 80 per cent of the state's residents.

Early voting by Texans under the age of 30 has jumped 477 percent over 2014, a good sign for senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke and other Democrats competing in the November 6 midterms.


O'Rourke is trying to become Texas' first Democrat to win statewide office since 1994, but faces long odds given the advantage that GOP candidates have in statewide elections. In total 4,514,930 Texans have cast in-person ballots and 369,598 cast mail-in ballots, according to the Texas Tribune.

On paper, the race was never supposed to be even close. Republicans, however, are cautioning Democrats about being too confident, pointing out that historically there are far more Republicans among voters in Texas than Democrats.

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