Joe Biden beat President Trump by a little over 850K votes in the seven counties with at least 500K registered voters. That’s nearly double the 443K-vote margin Hillary Clinton had in those counties four years earlier and a little over 100K above Beto O’Rourke’s margin over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in 2018.

Trump beat Biden by a little over 850K votes in the 207 counties with fewer than 50K registered voters. The state’s seven largest counties were completely offset by its 207 “smallest” counties. The good news for Democrats running statewide is those “small” counties used to more than offset the bigger ones. In 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain by 70K votes in the seven big counties and lost to him by more than 500K votes in the “smaller” ones. And it wasn’t that long ago that Republicans were winning the biggest ones, too (Obama lost the big counties by 41K votes in 2012).

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