As the Senate race between Texas Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke continues a close contest, the state has experience a massive increase in early voting, according to The Texas Tribune.
> Early voter turnout in the 2018 midterms surpassed turnout from the 2012 presidential election in the 30 Texas counties where most registered voters in the state — 78 percent — live. In the entire early voting period, 4,514,930 Texans cast in-person ballots and 369,598 cast mail-in ballots. This means 39.9 percent of the 12.3 million registered voters in those 30 counties have voted.
> The preliminary data shows turnout over 12 days of early voting in those 30 counties also surpassed the entire turnout of the 2014 midterm election — more than early voting and election-day voting combined. More than half of all those who do vote typically cast their ballots early.