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.

Notes on Analytical Method

For purposes of analyzing Republican runoff turnout, we have included heavily Republican Montgomery Co., which currently ranks 11th in population, in place of heavily Democratic Hidalgo Co., which ranks 10th in population, because of a lack of prior-year data there. Thus, the counties in this analysis are, in order of population rank: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, El Paso, Denton, Fort Bend and Montgomery.

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