Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Texas sees surge in early voting as polls show tightening race

It only took until 3pm on Monday to set a new first-day, early-voting record in El Paso County, Texas. By the end of the day, the 19,000-plus participants doubled the old record of 8,000.  
Sunshine Castro, who took part in early voting at an El Paso library, said, “I went in there and everybody was surprised that the line went all the way to the other side of the library. I haven’t seen it like that, ever.”

The surge in early-voting interest in Texas may be linked to how close the presidential race is there, compared with previous elections. Data from RealClearPolitics, which combined five Texas presidential polls, shows Hillary Clinton is trailing Donald Trump by just five points. To put that into context, Texas has not been won by a Democrat since Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford in 1976.

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