They’re all agog in Harris County over the size of the first day of early voting in Texas’s most populous county.
The early vote totals have smashed to smithereens the previous record, according to reports from down yonder.
Democratic partisans believe the interest bodes well for their slate of candidates, led by U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke, who’s running against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
Republicans, meanwhile, say, “Not so fast. We’ve got some mojo building, too, for our guy and our slate of candidates.”
Well, I hope it’s the Democrats’ who have reason to cheer the big turnout. My stated preference for O’Rourke to shoot down the Cruz Missile is well-known to readers of this blog. I am cautious, though, about ascribing too much value into the big early vote totals.
Why? My concern is that the early vote totals might not reflect a huge jump in total vote, that Texans are trading in their Election Day vote for an early one.
But … having said that, my hope springs eternal.
My hope is that the big-time spike in early voting activity signals a sea change, that Texans finally might be getting off their duffs and casting ballots in a highly critical midterm election.
We don’t do too well usually when it comes to voting, particularly when it’s merely for members of Congress. This one does feel different.
Let’s hope the difference is mirrored in the number of Texans who cast their ballots.
I’m going to wait until Election Day, per my usual practice.
See you at the polls then.