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Democratic Turnout Surges Nearly 200 Percent In Harris County Compared To Last Midterm Primary

Democrats and Republicans voted in roughly equal numbers over the first six days of early polling. But for the GOP, that amounted to only an 11 percent increase over four years ago

Early voting ends Friday, March 2, 2018. Primary day is Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Harris County Democrats are voting in record numbers ahead of next week’s primary. Total returns for the first six days of early voting put Democrats nearly even with Republicans.

As of Sunday night, Democrats’ combined in-person votes and mail ballots received totaled 34,555, an increase of nearly 200 percent over the 2014 congressional midterm election.

“They have an unprecedented number, the biggest they’ve ever had,” Jay Aiyer of Texas Southern University said on Houston Public Media’s Party Politics Podcast, “and it’s still counting. It’s important because about 60 to 65 percent of the total vote will come from these early votes.”

By comparison, Republican votes over the first six days totaled 35,036, up just 11 percent from the last midterm.

Voter turnout for the party that doesn’t hold the White House typically spikes in the first congressional election after a new president takes office.

Early voting ends Friday, March 2. Primary day is Tuesday, March 6.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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