Early voting for the March 3 primary election continues through February 28.

The early turnout numbers we report here are unofficial and subject to change. We noticed an increasing gap between the numbers a couple of counties have published to their websites and the corresponding numbers posted by the Secretary of State. One county clerk we reached out to said they reconciled some Day Two numbers that may be the cause.

So, unofficially, Republican primary turnout is running about 10K voters (8%) ahead of the record 2016 pace after Day Three (Thursday), while Democratic turnout is falling farther behind the record 2008 pace in the 15 counties with the most registered voters. Democratic turnout was 13% below 2008 through three days versus being 8% below after Day Two and 15% above after Day One. It remains the second-highest number of votes cast in those counties in a Democratic primary through three days of early voting.

Republican turnout statewide was around 1.75% of registered voters through Day 3, and Democratic turnout statewide was around 1.3%.

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