South Carolina Vote Expected to Break Records

Huge advance turnout.

The expectation among South Carolina Republicans is for a huge turnout for Saturday's primary. The Post and Courier reports that state party officials are expecting the previous record to come down. 

“That is a defining story of this election cycle,” said state Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore. “The interest and engagement in this election are through the roof.”

Moore predicted total turnout Saturday could reach 650,000, which would shatter the 2012 record by almost 50,000 votes.

Already voters casting absentee ballots was already much higher than in 2012:

As of Thursday, South Carolina had issued 53,129 absentee ballots in the GOP primary and already had 45,672 returned, according to the State Election Commission.

In 2012, there were only 27,091 absentee ballots cast in the GOP presidential primary.

Weather is expected to be pleasant on Saturday with temperatures in much of the state around 70 degrees with sunny skies.