O'Rourke says he expects to win Senate race

Beto with Family

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke says he expects to win his high-profile Texas Senate race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz — defying the odds in the country's largest red state.

O'Rourke walked from his home in El Paso on Tuesday and voted at El Paso Community College Rio Grande campus, accompanied by his wife Amy and three children; Ulysses, Molly and Henry. He said he didn't have any polls on which to base his optimism but said his campaign is "bringing people together, I feel it. And so, yeah, I feel good."

Cruz, who cast an early vote in his native Houston last month, says he's confident he'll prevail and was boosted by President Donald Trump's recent visit to Houston.

O'Rourke says an upset win would prove that "Texas is not going to be governed by our fears."

Polls opened across Texas for Election Day and a strong turnout is anticipated following an early-voting period in which nearly 4.9 million people cast ballots in Texas' 30 largest counties alone.

Polls throughout the state opened Tuesday after a campaign season that featured the much-watched Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.

Like other states in what has been a deeply divisive election year, Texas shattered early voting records in big cities for a midterm election.

Fewer than 5 million voters in Texas cast ballots in the 2014 and 2010 midterms, but this cycle could be closer to a high-turnout presidential year.

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