Texas' early votes exceed total cast in 2014 election

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The raw numbers are astounding. Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, right, during their first Senate debate in Dallas. Nearly five million people have voted early in the 30 Texas counties where 78 percent of registered voters live.

Almost 4.9 million people voted in Texas' 30 largest counties during the early-voting period, surpassing the total number of votes cast throughout the state in the last midterm election, according to secretary of state figures released Saturday. More than 4.8 million ballots were cast during early voting, surpassing the total turnout of the 2014 midterms. "If this continues, we win", O'Rourke said Friday after a rally.

In a race where there are stark contrasts on issues such as immigration and health care, Cruz and O'Rourke agree on one thing: The election, both have said, is a battle for Texas's future. He says there are more Republicans than Democrats in Texas, so if he can avoid conservative complacency, he'll win easily. In 22 states and Washington, D.C. more people voted early than did so in the last midterm election, reports the New York Times. He has not endorsed any other candidates in the midterm elections.

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