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Randall Democratic Runoff Turnout Highest in 16 Years

More Democrats have turned out to vote in this year's runoff in Randall County than any other runoff in at least a decade, according to current voting totals.

Totals from the Randall County Elections Administration show that 256 Democrats have turned out in the county for the upcoming runoff election through Wednesday. Final numbers are not yet in, as some mail-in ballots may still be returned, two more days of runoff totals are left to be counted and election day is next week.

However, even without full totals, Democrats have still netted their top runoff turnout in the county since 2002. In the last three runoffs, Democrats brought 153, 198 and 188 voters to the polls in their top races, respectively. Randall Democrats have also seemed to act as a bellwether for statewide Democrats, picking winners in the runoffs in every race that has appeared on a runoff ballot since at least 2008.

Meanwhile, Republicans are not holding a runoff in Randall County this primary season, as all of the Party's nominees were chosen during the March 6th primary. In 2016, 985 Republicans cast ballots in the top race for their party's runoff election.

Randall County Democrats are deciding a single race this year: the race for governor between Houston businessman Andrew White and former Dallas sheriff Lupe Valdez. The winner of that race will face Republican incumbent Greg Abbott and Libertarian Mark Tippetts in November.

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