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Local Republicans outvoting Democrats
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In what is believed to be a first in modern-day Warren County, Republicans are outvoting Democrats during early voting as more residents are choosing to cast their ballots for GOP presidential candidates rather than in their historically preferred Democratic Primary.“I wouldn’t even have a guess why that is,” said election administrator Donna Smith, noting Tennessee is an open state, meaning voters are free to choose what primary in which to vote, regardless of their past voting history. “Not all states allow that.”Records from early voting, which began Feb. 10, show more people have voted in the Republican Primary than Democrat on all but one day.Republicans still in the race for president are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.Democrats still in the race are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.Early voting will end Tuesday at 6 p.m. Those who do not vote early can vote at their local polls on Election Day which is March 1, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The product of Tennessee’s balloting may go a long way to decide who the parties choose for their presidential candidates as the Volunteer State will be joined by six other Southern states that day in what has been named Super Tuesday.Smith is still hopeful there will be a good turnout Monday and Tuesday as early voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.“We have been averaging 150 a day during early voting,” Smith said, noting those who plan to vote at the polls March 1 should look over a two-page ad in today’s Southern Standard on pages 6A and 7A showing the ballots. “That will get them ready for when they vote.”Going into Friday, statewide totals revealed 101,766 had voted in the Republican Primary while 48,383 had voted in the Democratic Primary.