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Potter, Randall Post Best Midterm Turnout Since 1990's

A lot of voters turned out to cast ballots in Potter and Randall Counties during the midterms. So many voters, in fact, that both counties saw their best midterm turnout since the 1990’s.

In Potter County, about 24,000 voters cast ballots, making for a turnout of 43.91 percent. This is the highest turnout in Potter County since the midterm election of 1994, when 53.16 percent of Potter voters turned out to cast ballots. That year included the marquee contest in the race for governor, where Democratic incumbent Ann Richards was defeated by Republican challenger, and eventual U.S. President, George W. Bush.

Notably, the 2018 midterm numbers in Potter County were also just slightly less than the turnout for the 2000 presidential election, when 44.01 percent of voters turned out to cast ballots in the contest between Bush and Democratic candidate Al Gore.

In Randall County, over 47,000 voters cast ballots, making for a turnout of 54.30 percent. This was also the highest turnout for a midterm since 1994. The numbers in Randall also came in just slightly below the 2000 numbers, where 56.58 percent of voters turned out to cast ballots.

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