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Launching the 2018 election cycle, Texans cast ballots in primaries on Tuesday — leaving several races headed for runoffs.

Election night in Texas offers several takeaways of note, as we look ahead. Here are six to consider:

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Polls open for the 2018 midterm primary elections Tuesday.

At the end of the early voting period, turnout nearly doubled that of the last midterm election four years ago, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans. After the last day of early voting Friday, Democrats had shown a 105 percent spike over 2014 numbers. On the Republican side, there had been only a 15 percent uptick.

From Texas Standard.

There’s not much more politicking left in the 2018 Texas primary elections. The mailers have been sent, the town halls have been held, the donations have been deposited. There’s not much left to do but wait for the returns – and vote on Tuesday, if you haven’t yet. You can be sure that political journalists across Texas are already writing outlines for Wednesday’s news, gaming out possible outcomes and wondering about what it all means.

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The hits keep coming as Election Day nears in the March primaries.