Early voting has begun across Texas for the November 3 general election and continues through October 30. By most accounts, turnout is off to a torrid start. The Harris Co. Clerk’s office tweeted that 128K people voted in person today, plus 41K absentee ballots received to date, easily the highest single-day total in county history. In 2016, the first day of early voting saw 129K combined in-person and absentee ballots.

In Travis Co., 36K voted in person today (Tuesday), roughly the same as in 2016, and another 23K absentee ballots were received up to and including today, more than double the 2016 number.

Hidalgo Co. reported its first-day turnout exceeded 2016 by 1.5K votes. Denton County Judge Andy Eads (R) tweeted in-person first-day turnout (36K) was more than double the first day of 2016 (17K). Turnout in Lubbock Co. was around 25% more than the first day in 2016.

In Dallas Co., 58K people voted in person today, roughly the same as the first day of 2016.

HD52 (Lean Democratic): Rep. James Talarico’s (D-Round Rock) campaign released a new ad, “A Teacher in the House,” focusing on education.

HD102 (Lean Democratic): Former Rep. Linda Koop’s (R-Dallas) campaign released a new ad criticizing Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Dallas) for being the lone nay vote on legislation related to kids’ lemonade stands.

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