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Percent of in-person early voters in the SD19 runoff in Bexar Co. cast their ballots at the John Igo Library in northwest San Antonio. That early voting location is surrounded by precincts in which Pleasanton retired game warden Pete Flores (R) won a plurality of votes in the July 31 special election.
We looked at early voting turnout at the 10 early voting centers in Bexar Co. and projected them onto a map of voting precincts color-coded for Flores’s vote percentage (We excluded the 60 precincts where fewer than 10 votes were cast.). Turnout – measured as the number of people voting – appears to be higher near precincts where Flores performed better during the special election.
These vote totals do not include ballots by mail. It should also be noted that in-person early voters could cast ballots at any early voting location, not just the one closest to their registration address.
For the special election, turnout in the precincts Flores won outright was 8.3%, which was nearly double the county as a whole (4.2%). Bexar Co. represented nearly half of all votes cast in the special election. Flores received 26% of the vote countywide, second behind Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio), who received 33% but missed the runoff. Former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), who faces Flores in the runoff, finished third in Bexar Co. with 24% of the vote.
Flores was a distant third in Bexar Co. in early voting, but finished first in Election Day voting.
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