The Republican Party appears headed toward record primary turnout on Tuesday, while the Democratic Party is poised to improve dramatically over the last three election cycles.

Early voting ended Friday. Just over 12% of registered voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties cast ballots early, either in person (1,005,954) or by mail (101,113), in a party primary. This is the largest combined total since 2008 and the second-highest combined total in state history. Almost 60% of this year’s early voters participated in the Republican primary.

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