Republicans set a new turnout record Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary, attracting more than a quarter of a million voters to the polls and offering evidence that most of the energy in the 2016 presidential race continues to be on the GOP side.

Democrats saw a strong turnout, but their two-person race couldn’t recapture the magic of the 2008 battle between Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama — a race that presaged Mr. Obama’s eventual cruise to victory in November.

Instead, this year it is Republicans who set a record. More than 263,000 votes had been recorded as of Wednesday morning, and 11 percent of precincts still had yet to report in. That puts the GOP above its own 2012 record of 248,000, and well within striking distance of the all-time record for either party, the nearly 290,000 votes cast in that 2008 Democratic primary.

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