On Friday, the Laredo Morning Times reported that Texans have set a record for early voting in a nonpresidential primary election year.
Through Wednesday, upwards of 602,000 voters have cast ballots in the largest counties. That total includes votes cast in both Democratic and Republican primaries, with more ballots cast by Democrats than Republicans.
Votes cast on Thursday and Friday were not included on the ballot.
For the first time since 2008 that Texas Democrats have seen the largest turnout in a primary.
Democrats have outvoted Republicans by more than 25,000 ballots since early voting began on Feb. 20.
The Laredo Morning Times also reported that for the last two gubernatorial election cycles, Republicans surpassed Democrats in the primaries by over 100,000 votes each year.
The high turnout by Democrats is likely due to sharp opposition to President Trump. Opposition to the president has resulted in a large number of Texas Democrats running for office.
Ed Espinoza, the executive director of the Democratic-leaning Progress Texas, told The Hill, “If you want to compare Democratic turnout to Democratic turnout, it is climbing exponentially this year. You can’t underestimate the surge that we’re seeing out there with the blue wave coming.”
Harris County, which includes Houston, also saw a new record on Wednesday:
More than 116,000 people voted early or through the mail — 59,048 Democrats and 57,108 Republicans — up from just 105,508 in 2014.
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Credit: The Hill