New York primaries bring high turnout numbers statewide

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History was made across the state Thursday as voters turned out to the polls in record-breaking numbers.

Over 86,000 Democratic voters hit the polls in Westchester County, a considerable jump from just 28,000 votes in 2014's primaries.

Across New York, voter turnout more than doubled compared to 2014 with over 1.5 million voters at the polls.

The race for attorney general yielded four candidates for the Democratic nomination, with Letitia James becoming the first black woman to win a major statewide party nomination.

Statewide races weren't the only ones drawing interest. In state Senate District 35, more than 29,000 people voted for the Democratic nomination. Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins captured about 24,000 of those votes on her way to victory.

Politicial scientists say the high turnout is due to a polarizing political climate and the progressive movement.

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