Early voting continued today (Thursday). Preliminary reports suggest in-person turnout remains record-setting for a gubernatorial election but is losing ground on the 2016 pace.

In Harris Co., in-person early voting dipped a bit from the last three days. Almost 59K people cast ballots in person on Day 4, down about 7% from the average of the first three days. Over four days, 309K have voted in person or by mail, which is 2.3 times the number who voted during the first four days in 2014 but 57K behind the 2016 pace. In Bexar Co., a little over 34K voted in person today, up a bit from yesterday.

Looking back at Day 3, nearly 1.6M Texans had voted in person or by mail through the first three days in the 30 counties with the most registered voters, which is roughly 13% of registered voters in those counties. In the 15 counties with the most registered voters, 1.3M voted early through the first three days, which is 2.7 times the number who voted through three days in 2014. At this pace, on Saturday, the number of votes cast early in 2018 will exceed the entire number of early votes cast in 2014.

El Paso and Williamson Cos. have already seen turnout in excess of the entire 2014 early voting period.

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