Early voting turnout for the Republican runoff is the lowest since 2008, when there were no statewide races on the ballot, in ten of the state’s 11 most populous counties. Just over 90K people – 1.1% of registered voters – have voted early in the Republican runoff in person or by mail in the state’s nine most populated counties and Montgomery Co., down 58% from 2014 and 65% from 2012.

Both of those prior elections featured high profile statewide races. In 2012, the U.S. Senate runoff between then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz attracted record turnout for a Republican runoff. In 2014, races for LTGOV and AG headlined a number of contests. This year, a RRC battle between Gary Gates and former Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Center) is the top race, joining a pair of fairly low-profile CCA races.

The number of early votes cast in these counties in 2016 is 1% below 2010, when a Supreme Court race between Debra Lehrmann and former Rep. Rick Green was the lone statewide contest.

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