Primary Run-Off Results: Final Early Voting Results
Five days of early voting yields paltry results.
By Richard Whittaker, 12:08PM, Sat. Jul. 28, 2012
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: You do know there's an election on? After five days of early voting in the July 31 primary run-offs, turnout in Travis County topped out at a paltry 3.62%.
Even with the raw fury being poured into the GOP punch-ups, especially between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former solicitor general Ted Cruz, only 16,056 Travis residents (2.69% of the 597,479 registered voters) made it the Republican ballot.
Don't laugh, Democrats. With little to energize the base, only 5,573 voters (0.93%) turned out. That means more Republicans voted on Friday than voted in the Dem election over a working week.
Now for the nail-biting for the GOP: With the election on Tuesday, is this just early-voting excitement? Turnout is already trailing almost 2,000 votes behind the May 29 first round. If it stays low, then accepted wisdom is that this benefits the far out fringe, and that 'moderates' like Dewhurst (hah!) will suffer without at least a few centrists on Tuesday.