Early voting continues for the June 14 special election for CD34 open (Lean R) through Friday. As of yesterday (Mon.), just over 8K people – 2.1% of registered voters – have cast ballots early in person (78%) or by mail (22%). About three quarters of all early votes have been cast in Cameron Co., representing 2.7% of registered voters there. Those voters break down as follows:
- 49% also voted in the March 1 Democratic primary election (2,982 voters)
- 29% also voted in the Republican primary election (1,767 voters); and
- 22% did not vote in either party’s primary election (1,360 voters).
These numbers suggest Democrats Dan Sanchez and Rene Coronado could receive a majority of early votes combined. Republican candidates this cycle have tended to perform better among Election Day voters. The difference-makers will likely be non-primary voters who are motivated to cast ballots in a low-turnout election. Republican Mayra Flores and allied PACs have greatly outspent the Democrats so far, which could provide more motivation for those non-primary voters who lean Republican.
Democratic PACs are making a late, albeit significantly smaller, push this week. The House Majority PAC released a new Spanish-language ad, “Lawless,” which uses an endorsement from a gun rights group to tie Flores to images of the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
A week ago, it appeared that national Democrats were willing to concede this seat for now and focus on winning it back in November. This week, it appears they are willing to invest to keep the seat in their column.
Based on the distribution of these early voters, at this time a runoff between Flores and Sanchez appears more likely than either one winning outright.
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