Early Voting Starts Today In Texas For March Primaries

Steven Pickering
February 18, 2020 - 6:50 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Early voting starts today in the Republican and Democratic Party primaries in Texas. Voters can cast their early ballots through February 28th. The party primaries are on March 3rd.

Texas is one of several states that hold their primaries on "Super Tuesday". While Nevada holds its caucus on February 22nd and South Carolina holds its primary on February 29th, the Democratic Party's presidential nomination is still likely to be up for grabs on March 3rd.

"I think turnout in general will be quite high," said SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson. "Democrats certainly have a very competitive nomination race, and therefore Texas is positioned to play a key role. That should drive a lot of people to the polls."

Democrats will be choosing from several contenders for their party's nominee to take on President Trump this fall, including former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Democrats are also choosing from 12 candidates for U.S. Senate to challenge Senator John Cornyn in the fall. That race is likely to go to a runoff, with the eventual candidate being decided on Tuesday, May 26.

But Wilson says Republicans will also have a strong turnout in the primary, even though President Trump is not facing a significant challenge from within his own party.

"We've seen in the states that have gone so far, a lot more enthusiasm and turnout than is typically the case in an essentially un-contested primary contest, and I think the Trump campaign has put some emphasis on that," he said. "So I think we will see very high turnout and excitement surrounding the election this year."

Online: Dallas County, Tarrant County, Collin County and Denton County early voting locations.