With early voting winding down in Metro’s general election, more Davidson County residents have voted in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary, albeit by a small margin.
According to Davidson County Election Administrator Ray Barrett, 18,154 Davidson County residents have voted as of late Thursday afternoon, with 9,632 voting in the Republican primary compared to 8,436 citizens who have voted in the Democratic primary. Eighty-six voters chose to cast ballots in the Metro general election but not in either primary.
Early voting, which started July 16, runs through Saturday, July 31. Election Day is Aug. 5.
The turnout advantage for the GOP in a traditionally Democratic county is presumably the byproduct of the competitive Republican gubernatorial three-way race of Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp.
West Tennessee businessman Mike McWherter is the lone Democratic nominee for governor.
Democratic voters in the state’s Senate District 21 have accounted for 3,582, or 42 percent, of the total number of votes in the Democratic primary as a whole.
The contest, one of the mostly closely watched primary races in the state, features state Sen. Douglas Henry, who is trying to stave off a challenge from attorney Jeff Yarbro.