Early Voting for the March 6 primary election continues until March 2. Data from a few counties last night indicated Day Three (Thursday) turnout had rebounded slightly from Day Two (Wednesday). Today, data from the 15 counties with the most registered voters confirmed it:

  • While it remains the case that more people have voted in the Democratic primary than in the Republican primary, Republican early voters outnumbered Democratic early voters in those counties for the first time this week.
  • During Day Three, 32,025 Republican and 28,657 Democratic ballots in person or by mail in those 15 counties, compared to 20,171 and 25,593, respectively, on Day Two.
  • Compared to the same single day in 2014, Republican turnout is up 30% – a 50-point upswing from yesterday – while Democratic turnout is up 90%, a better than 70-point upswing from yesterday. Compared to the same single day in 2016, Republican turnout is down 20% and Democratic turnout is down 13%.
  • Compared to the first three days in 2014, cumulative Republican turnout is up less than 1% while Democratic turnout is up 69%. Compared to the first three days in 2016, cumulative Republican turnout is down 20% and Democratic turnout is down less than 1%.
  • 2% of registered voters in those 15 counties have cast ballots. This is up about four tenths of a percent from the first three days of 2014 and slightly behind 2016.

Democratic turnout continues to be well ahead of any other mid-term, gubernatorial election cycle. However, it remains far behind the record-setting pace of 2008.

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