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Tennessee Super Tuesday voting could reach 1 million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Elections officials say turnout for Tennessee's presidential primary could reach a record of one million voters by Super Tuesday.

Final numbers of early voting showed more than 320,000 Tennesseans voted early, more than tripling early turnout in the last two presidential primaries held after Super Tuesday.

State Election Coordinator Brook Thompson said this year could break the record set when Al Gore ran for the Democratic presidential primary in 1988. That year 830,000 voted in the primary election.

Thompson said turnout is likely up statewide because the race is still contested for both parties, unlike previous years when Tennessee voted after the Super Tuesday primary.

Tennessee moved up its primary last year to join 23 other states voting on Tuesday.

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