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Super Tuesday voter turnout in Massachusetts projected to smash presidential primary records

Voters cast ballots at a polling station Tuesday in North Andover. Elise Amendola / AP

Regardless of who Massachusetts voters ultimately choose in Tuesday’s presidential primary, the state appears to be on track for a historic day.

According to the Boston Election Department, 81,372 votes had been cast in the city as of the 3 p.m. count, for a turnout rate of 21.2 percent.

Based off those numbers, MassINC Polling President Steve Koczela projected total turnout in Massachusetts will fall around 2.1 million by the times polls close at 8 p.m. As Secretary of State William Galvin predicted Monday, such turnout would easily top the previous 2008 turnout record of 1.8 million.

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