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Scenes from the Texas Senate race

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Jeannette Daniel | 08 November, 2018, 13:24

Early voters line up at a San Antonio polling site.

In the state's much-watched Senate race, both Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke have said strong turnout would benefit them.

More than 4.3 million Texans have cast early ballots for Tuesday's election in the state's 30 largest counties alone. The senator, who was elected in 2012 as part of the so-called Tea Party revolution, sought to win back Republicans, some of whom were angered that he began seeking the 2016 presidential nomination nearly as soon as he was elected. "I feel very good about our prospects, not just on Election Night, but on being able to deliver for the next six years that follow on every priority, from health care to education to immigration to criminal justice reform". Texas is a deeply red state that has moved further and further to the right since George W. Bush defeated Ann Richards, the sitting Democratic governor, in a stunning upset that put Republicans firmly in control of the Lone Star State 24 years ago.

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Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump.

The surge in early voting is not a phenomenon that is limited to Texas. "We're in uncharted territory with the size of this vote", said Michael P. McDonald, an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida who tracks early voting. He has not endorsed any other candidates in the midterm elections.

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