Both parties look for huge turnout Super Tuesday

Bexar County sees record turnout for early voting

SAN ANTONIO – More than 100,000 people turned out for early voting in Bexar County, and both political parties are hoping that momentum carries into Super Tuesday.

There's a lot at stake for the presidential race as Bexar County boasts more delegates than New Hampshire.

The Bexar County Elections Office is ready for a large turnout for Tuesday's primary.

Bexar County elections administrator Jaque Callanen said the last few days of early voting really picked up, ending with 106,000 people casting their ballots.

Callanen said the county hasn't had that level of early voting turnout since 2008 when then-Sen. Barack Obama was elected president.

The local party chairs said the presidential campaigns may have an effect on voters to switch parties.

"We're seeing a lot of new voters. I can’t tell you how many Democrats we have calling the Republican Party headquarters saying, 'I am switching to the Republican Party,'" said Robert Stovall, chairman of the Republican Party of Bexar County.

"(On) the most Republican side of town, we have more Democrats coming from the North Side than any part here in Bexar County," said Manuel Medina, chairman of the Democrat Party of Bexar County.

Both parties are feeding off voter enthusiasm.

"The Republican Party is figuring out that we've got to all band together and find the candidate to beat Hillary Clinton in the general election," Stovall said.

"Some people are ready for Hillary and some are feeling the Bern. Here, locally, we might hit the 100,000 vote mark and that's because young people are voting. They're voting at three-times the normal rate here in San Antonio," Medina said.

Now, it’s up to voters to decide who will be on the general election ballot in November.

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