A significant number of early voters turned out to the polls in Central Texas this year in comparison to previous midterm primaries.

Democratic turnout nearly tripled in McLennan County this year in comparison to the 2014 midterm primary. However, the number does not come close to the Republican votes which dominated in both midterm primaries.

McLennan County saw a total of 3,054 democratic voters and 7,778 Republican voters this year. In 2014, 1,085 democrats and 4,940 republicans submitted their ballots.

The story is similar in Bell County with the Republican vote remaining strong with 9,639 votes overall in comparison to 6,908 in 2014. The Democratic early voting more than tripled in 2018 with 3,556 compared to 1,156 in 2014.

Channel 6 reached out to Melinda Luedecke, Bell County Elections Administrator on her thoughts about the high turnout in 2018.

“For the most part, the higher voter turnout is due to the fact that there is approximately 25,000 more registered voters in Bell County as compared to 2014,” Leudecke said. “Also, Bell County has quite a few contested races this time as well.”

One of those Bell County races is the District 55 seat where C.J. Grisham and Brandon Hall are running against incumbent Hugh Shine, who won the seat by an extremely narrow margin against Molly White two years ago. In McLennan County, Republican Challenger Barry Johnson is looking to oust Abel Reyna in the race for District Attorney.

Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Click here to see our voter guide.