Nueces County surpasses 2016 voting numbers

Posted at 11:53 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 01:25:29-04

Nueces county is shattering records, surpassing the total number of votes cast in the 2016 election.

That number will go up some more before the early voting periods ends tonight and after a full day of voting Tuesday.

More than 108,000 early votes have been cast in Nueces county. Texas has been red for more than four decades, but will this election change that?

"We like breaking records when it comes to voting," said The Texas Democratic Committee’s Stephanie Guerrero Saenz.

Friday's numbers in Nueces county have surpassed those of 2016, where a total of 107,140 ballots were cast in that presidential election. Democrats say they see a chance to make history this year.

"We have been more motivated than ever before, now we have been trying to turn Texas blue for a long time,” she said. “We really have."

The number of ballots cast is expected to jump in coming hours, and on Election Day, according to Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands. On Election Day, you can see the results in real time after polls close.

"We will have the early-voting results available, you can go online and follow them,” she said. “We have a great Election Day reporting coverage; you can go online and we will have it up."

Republican Party representative Raul Torres says, although this will probably be a tight race, Latino voters in South Texas tend to resonate more with Republicans.

"I think they do know that there is a lot of similarities between the policies President Trump has been implementing, and what the typical non-political Hispanic family believes in.”

Torres says the candidate who takes the win in Nueces county is the one who puts in the work.

"The party that is the most effective at getting the voters out will take the county,” he said.

According to members of the Democratic and Republican parties, this election will be a tight one in Texas. A Democrat hasn’t won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976.