1. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and family arrive at polling place
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Beto O'Rourke, (D) Candidate for U.S. Senate +++SOT BEGINS ON PREVIOUS SHOT+++
"Texas is not going to be, not going to be, defined by our fears. We're going to be governed by our ambitions. We're going to be fiercely focused on the future. We're going to do this together. We just do not care about the differences between us right now. We want all of us Republicans and Democrats, Independents alike to come together and do something great for this country."
3. O'Rourke outside polling station with his family
Polls have 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.
O'Rourke showed up with his family at his polling place in El Paso Tuesday.
He told reporters that Texas will not be governed by its fears.
"We're going to be governed by our ambitions," he said. "We're going to be fiercely focused on the future."
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.
The two candidates square off Tuesday in their hard-fought race that could help determine control of the Senate.
Both say strong early voting statewide is a good sign for them.
Early voting in the state's 30 largest counties alone already exceeded the total number of ballots cast during the 2014 midterm elections in Texas.