Texas, which ranked last out of the 50 states in turnout in the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections, appears to rank around 35th this year. An estimated 46% of voting-eligible Texans cast ballots for a U.S. Senate candidate, a significant jump from the 28% who voted for governor in 2014. Texas has ranked no higher than 41st since 2000, the earliest year for which reliable estimates of the voting-eligible population are available*:

  • 2000 – 41st (49.2%)
  • 2002 – 46th (34.5%)
  • 2004 – 48th (53.7%)
  • 2006 – 48th (30.9%)
  • 2008 – 47th (54.1%)
  • 2010 – 50th (32.1%)
  • 2012 – 47th (49.6%)
  • 2014 – 50th (28.3%)
  • 2016 – 48th (51.4%)
  • 2018 – currently 35th (45.9%)

This was the highest turnout, in terms of number of votes cast, for a gubernatorial election in state history. More than 3.6M more people voted this year than in 2014.

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