Texas officials report record 8.5M early votes five days before election
Election officials in Texas say more than 8.5 million people have already voted ahead of next week’s general election, nearly equalling the total number of votes cast in the state in 2016.
As of Wednesday, 8,525,424 people in Texas have cast their ballots since early voting began on Oct. 13, according to data posted on the state’s website. More than 40 percent of all registered voters in the state had had already voted voted by Sunday.
The 8.5 million number represents 94 percent of all the votes cast in the 2016 general election.
On the first day of early voting, local election officials reported long lines snaking around polling places with multiple localities shattering records for number of votes cast.
Both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have been making plays for the state, which has gone red every year since 1976.
For the first time in years, multiple pollsters have moved Texas into the “toss-up” category, citing a renewed enthusiasm for Democratic politicians there and an increase in grassroots political action.
While Trump has maintained a steady lead in most statewide polls in Texas, a new poll released this week shows him neck and neck with Biden.
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