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Early Voting: Texas sees surge of Democratic voters

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Early voting numbers are in for Texas and Democratic voters are leading the deep-red state.

Texas holds the nation's first primary election Tuesday. The 10 days of early voting showed that Democrats are reaching record numbers in the midterm year. 

The Texas Secretary of State website shows that Democrats cast 465,245 ballots during early voting this year. Republicans cast 420,329 ballots.

In 2014, Democrats cast 226,730 to Republicans 365,423. In other words, more than twice as many people voted early in the Democratic primaries in 2018 as in 2014 while Republican early voting crept up by only 15 percent.

"For Republicans, if this is evidence of a significant enthusiasm gap, then that would be something to worry about," Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist in the state and chairman of the Travis County GOP, told NPR. "I'm not sure that it is yet, and just because you have stronger turnout in the primary doesn't mean it translates into Election Day vote in November."

President Donald Trump recently tweeted his endorsement of Texas' entire slate of Republican statewide officeholders, down to the obscure job of railroad commissioner. 

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