Record turnout has to lead off any discussion of the primary election.

Following the record early voting turnout recorded by the state’s 15 most populous counties, even more voters cast ballots on Election Day, driving a new record for participation in the Texas primary. Nearly 4.27 million people in the Republican (2.83 million) or the Democratic (1.43 million) primary, eclipsing the 2008 record by 0.7%. Just short of 30% of registered voters participated in the primary, the highest since 2008 and the second-highest since 1988.

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