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UT turning out for Sanders?
Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Jo Clifton
Senator and presidential contender Bernie Sanders should be very happy about Travis County. A total of 11,703 Travis County voters cast ballots in person and by mail on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first two days of early voting for the March 1 primary. And the polling place seeing the most action by far was the University of Texas Flawn Academic Center, where 610 Democrats cast ballots on Tuesday, and another 491 voted Wednesday. “That’s a real stampede,” said Peck Young, director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College. Young, a longtime political consultant before joining the ACC faculty, predicted record-breaking turnout this year. “Super Tuesday is going to be super for both parties,” he said. At the end of the day Wednesday, 7,381 Democrats and 4,322 Republicans had voted in Travis County. Besides UT, the busiest polling places were the Randalls grocery stores at Lakeway, Ben White and Manchaca, and Research and Braker; the Travis County Airport Boulevard offices; and the Travis County tax office in Pflugerville.