Voter Enthusiasm: A new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll highlights a couple of stark realities faced by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and Democrats across the state trying to build a blue wave. Their core constituencies are, yet again, less interested in the midterm elections than core Republican constituencies.

According to the poll, 73% of “seniors” indicated their interest in the election was a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale, double the rate of “independents” (37%) and “young voters” (35%). Men (60%) were slightly more interested than women (56%), and a significantly greater share of Anglos (61%) said they were highly interested in the election than African-Americans (53%) and Hispanics/Latinos (49%).

The national poll’s findings are similar to what Texas Lyceum found in its July poll of Texas adults. Forty percent of adults aged 65 and older said they were “extremely interested in politics and public affairs,” compared to just 11% of adults under 30. Men (31%) were more likely to be “extremely interested” than women (24%), and Anglos (34%) were slightly more likely to be “extremely interested” as African-Americans (31%) and nearly twice as likely as Hispanics/Latinos (18%). “Independents” (14%) were significantly less likely to be “extremely interested” in politics and public affairs as self-identified Republicans (35%) or Democrats (28%).

SD19: Sen.-elect Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) will be sworn in on October 12 at 10 a.m. in the Senate Chamber.

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