As of Wednesday closing at the Elections Office, the day’s total Early Voting was 449 in person and 27 mailed in ballots. That was way down from the exuberance of Monday and Tuesday voting, certainly because of the Wednesday rain, but it brings the total early voting up to 2564. That is a huge number, and the Early Voting opportunity continues up to Friday, Nov. 2nd.
The Elections Office on Pecan Street in the County Annex is open for voting from 8am to 5pm except on Tuesdays when it is open from 7am to 7pm. Regular Election Day is November 6th.
On the Ballot are several State Offices where there are more challenges to the Republican strongholds by Democratic candidates than usual.
Probably the most interesting and discussed challenge is that of Democrat Beto O’Rourke challenging Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke is seen in surveys as being behind Cruz by 4 to 9 points, but some do see a path for the Democrat.
Other interesting races include the Texas Attorney General race where Democrat Justin Nelson has been running lots of TV ads, challenging Republican incumbent Ken Paxton.
Democrat Mike Collier challenges Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and close to home, our District 54 State Rep. race. Here, Republican Brad Buckley is a newcomer who took the Republican Primary race away from current Rep. Scott Cosper in a May Primary Runoff. Now Buckley must face Democratic Challenger Kathy Richerson. Buckley is a Bell Co. Veterinarian and Kathy Richerson is a Bell Co. rancher.
And, lots of local Democrats favor Democrat Julie Oliver’s challenge for Republican District 25 U.S. Representative Roger Williams’ seat. Another Democratic Challenger is Joi Chevalier, an Austin small businesswoman who is challenging Republican incumbent Comptroller Glenn Hegar for his seat.
None of the challenging Democrats are seen in polling to be leading their Republican opponents, but this year seems to have brought far more promising Democratic candidates to the starting gates, and there could be a dark horse among them.