Rally after rally, or even leading up to today's massive event where Latin Grammy winners and legendary Los Tigres del Norte will headline a concert for United States Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, democrats are seeing a higher enthusiasm leading to election day.
In Hidalgo County the number are evident. Take for instance in 2016 when 338,562 voters registered, in 2018 as of today, 362,113 voters have registered with the county.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez is one of those democrats that sees the the enthusiasm.
“Just look what has been happening in the large metros, you can feel the energy, you can feel the excitement,” he said. “For too long, especially in the Rio Grande Valley, during the general election, it was too quiet.”
Rodriguez also said democrats in the Rio Grande Valley tend to work primaries with vigor but come the general election, democrats take for granted that a large number of voters would turn out to the polls.
In 2016 only 172,990 people voted in the general election.
While Rodriguez commends O'Rourke for visiting all 254 counties Texas, he thinks the rhetoric in federal politics attributes to more people wanting to vote, on both parties.
“You see so much bad rhetoric now and it seems it is just trending down to the state, county and municipal levels,” Rodriguez said.
The district attorney hopes that with this enthusiasm, voters will help restore civility in politics.
Not having respect in politics is dangerous. Rodriguez has Republican friends, they have differences of opinion all the time but in the end, he respects them.
More people will vote in Hidalgo County in 2018, Rodriguez feels it. He has not seen a buzz like this in a long time.
“There has been a lot of new registered voters,” Rodriguez said. “I will say there will be more votes this time, than ever before.”
Early voting in Hidalgo County will begin Monday, Oct. 22 and will continue through Friday Nov. 2. The general election will take place Tuesday Nov. 6.