Tons of people continue to vote early in Houston, the crown jewel of Texas. (?)
Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX)
NEW: We just hit our highest voter turnout. Ever. Nearly 1.4 million votes have been cast in Harris County and we’re not even done with Early Vote yet. Let’s run up the score, Texas!
What does it mean? Take it from the Cook Political Report’s congressional races expert:
Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict)
Periodic PSA: if someone tells you who's on track win certain states based on modeled party ID of the early vote, they're full of crap.
Many states provide information about how many ballots Republican and Democratic voters have requested and returned. But because we don’t know how many people crossed party lines to vote for the other side, and because we don’t know how many people will vote on election day, that information is not very informative. The exception is in Nevada where almost everyone votes early and where the journalist Jon Ralston keeps a crystal ball (“Trump still down in all reasonable models,” Ralston says in his blog.)
But a record number of voters are participating in the 2020 election in places like Houston. Many no doubt are motivated to vote early by a desire to avoid packed polling places on election day. Others might be motivated by the candidates. The total vote for the two major party candidates is expected to eclipse the ~130m tally from 2016 and perhaps climb toward 150m.