Tennessee has crushed the state’s presidential primary early voting record from eight years ago, with Republican primary voters far outpacing Democratic voters by a wide 2-to-1 margin.

Early voting this year saw 383,259 people head to the polls, a 16.4 percent increase over the 2008 primaries in Tennessee — the most recent open primary for both parties — in which 329,154 people voted early or absentee. In 2012, 192,362 Tennesseans voted early.

Numbers from some of Tennessee’s 95 counties are still coming in, meaning this year’s total might increase.

Knox County had a huge turnout for early voting, with more than 35,000 people voting during the two week early voting period ahead of Tuesday's election, though it wasn't a record.

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There were about 1500 more voters in the 2008 election, though Knox County's Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers says there were two extra early voting days that year. However, there were more voters per day this year.

The busiest day locally was Tuesday, the final day of early voting, when more than 10,000 people lined up at the county's 10 early voting locations. Long lines were reported at many places, with several people waiting outside in the rain for their chance to cast their ballots.

Four years ago, in the last presidential primary, less than 16,000 people voted early in Knox County.

Rodgers expects turnout on Super Tuesday to be very high, based on the early voting numbers.

Tennessee’s Republican primary this year attracted 254,659 early voters, compared with 128,343 Tennesseans who voted in the Tennessee Democratic primary.

Historically, early voting in presidential primaries in Tennessee accounts for 25-30 percent of the overall vote total. As a result, election officials are bracing for a massive election day turnout.

Early voting numbers increased across the state, including in Davidson County, where 44,395 people voted early or absentee. That’s up from 2008, when 32,897 people voted early.

2016 early/absentee vote totals statewide

Overall voters: 383,259
Republican primary voters: 254,659
Democratic primary voters: 128,343
2008 early/absentee vote totals statewide

Overall voters: 329,154
Republican primary voters: N/A
Democratic primary voters: N/A
2016 Nashville early/absentee vote totals

Overall voters: 44,395
Republican primary voters: 18,226
Democratic primary voters: 26,169
2008 Nashville early/absentee vote totals

Overall voters: 32,897
Republican primary voters: N/A
Democratic primary voters: N/A