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Early voting for primary in Hillsborough sets record

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No one knows yet who will win today’s primary races, but one thing already is clear: More and more people are casting a ballot before election day dawns.

Hillsborough County elections officials Monday tallied the early voting and vote-by-mail ballots and said the number far eclipsed before-election voting in the last two primaries in 2012 and 2010.

Early voting ended Sunday, and counting the mail-in ballots continued late Monday afternoon.

Counted were nearly 80,000 ballots, including 2,439 votes cast Sunday at early voting locations, said Gerri Kramer, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office. That represents just over 10 percent of total registered voters in the county.

“That is the highest before-election turnout we’ve had for a primary,” she said.

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