Democrats top Republicans for early voting turnout in Bexar County
SAN ANTONIO - More democrats voted during early voting for the primaries than republicans, according to the Bexar County Elections Department.
“Our early voting numbers looked really good,” Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen said.
In Bexar County, more than 75,000 voters showed up to the polls for early voting. Records showed 33,269 republicans voted and 42,568 democrats voted during early voting, which was a trend that Bexar County had not seen since 2010.
According to the Texas Tribune, more democrats hit the polls than republicans in the state's ten counties with the highest number of registered voters.
"That's the first time that that's happened in a long time in Texas,” UTSA Political Science Professor Walter Wilson said.
Wilson pointed to two factors for this gap. He said one reason was the Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz.
“I think democrats have a pretty attractive candidate in Beto O'Rourke for senate and they see a possible opportunity to win statewide against Ted Cruz," he said.
He also there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm among republican voters.
"If you read the papers, you see there's another scandal everyday involving the Trump administration. There simply isn't much to be proud of there, so I think that's probably dampening turnout on the republican side," Wilson said.
He said republicans traditionally show up on the general election at a higher rate than democrats, so it was too soon to say if the early voting numbers meant Texas would eventually turn blue.
Polls open for the primary election on March 6 at 7 a.m. Voters will need a photo ID. Callanen also suggested voters preview their personal ballots before heading to the polls.