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Tarrant County sees amazing turnout for 2020 presidential election

Tarrant County sees amazing turnout for 2020 presidential election

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Most of the voting done in Tarrant County was early. IssueVoter/Facebook

UPDATE: According to Tarrant County Elections' final results, released November 11, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden bested President Donald Trump by 1,826 votes, with Biden's tally at 411,567 votes versus Trump's 409,741 votes. It's the first time Tarrant County has gone "blue" for president since 1964. 

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In the 2020 presidential election on November 3, Texas didn't "turn blue," as some polls predicted — but in Tarrant County, they came pretty close.

President Donald Trump won the state of Texas, garnering 52.2 percent, or 5,687,882 votes, to Joe Biden's 46.6 percent, or 5,023,291 votes, with 93 percent of the votes counted.

But in Tarrant County, Trump beat Biden by a much slimmer margin, besting Biden by only about 2,200 votes, with 399,342 for Trump versus 397,174 for Biden, according to the Tarrant County election website.

Most of the voting done in Tarrant County was early, with a mere 100,000 or so voters waiting until Election Day to vote.

The final results of the presidential election won't be resolved until November 4 at the earliest, since ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

In other Texas contests, Republican Sen. John Cornyn won, defeating Democratic challenger MJ Hegar, for his fourth term in office.

Democratic Rep. Colin Allred won his District 32 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, beating challenger Genevieve Collins.

For Railroad Commissioner, a powerful position that oversees oil and gas, Republican Jim Wright had a healthy lead against Democrat Chrysta Castaneda.

Tarrant County experienced issues with its mail-in ballots, whose bar codes were unreadable. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick went on a radio show and criticized Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley for the issue, but Whitley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Patrick "needs to keep his nose and business down at the state and let the local people take care of the local [government]."

"The lieutenant governor blaming the county is a very good indication that he doesn't understand how the process goes," Whitley said.