Saturday was the fifth day of early voting for the March 1 primary elections. As of that day, 4% of eligible voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties had voted in person or by mail. More than 202K have voted in the Republican primary through five days. It took eight days in 2014 for the number of Republican voters to reach 200K, the previous record.

More than 163K Democrats have voted early through five days of early voting.  It took 10 days to reach that figure in 2014, but only three days in 2008.

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