Early voting has begun across Texas for the March 3 primary election and continues through February 28. Turnout is generally up for the Democratic primary over four years ago, with what appears to be record-setting numbers in Travis, Denton, Hidalgo, Montgomery and Williamson Cos. Republican turnout is more mixed compared to four years ago.

We should have a more complete picture sometime tomorrow (Wednesday), but here are the preliminary numbers from some of the state’s most populous counties:

  • Harris Co.: 18,390 Democrats in person and by mail (+91% from 2016), 18,301 Republicans in person and by mail (+37%). Both are easily new records for the first day of early voting.
  • Dallas Co.: 4,003 Democrats in person (+38% from 2016), 2,311 Republicans in person (-19% from 2016).

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