CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New data show that record numbers of votes were cast in both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries in New Hampshire on Jan. 8.

Secretary of State William Gardner released the official vote totals Friday. They showed that 241,039 Republican ballots were cast, which surpassed the party’s record of 239,523 set in 2000.

An unofficial count by The Associated Press election night and the next day had GOP ballots just shy of a record.

Gardner said 288,503 ballots were cast in the Democratic primary Jan. 8, breaking the record set in 2004 of 221,309. It was clear from the AP’s count election night that the number of Democratic ballots was a record.

In all, a record 529,542 ballots were cast. The total number registered voters has not yet been calculated. New Hampshire lets people register at the polls, and Gardner’s office has been busy re-counting ballots in both primaries.

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