BATON ROUGE — Early voting for Saturday’s runoff elections for governor and other offices is up 16 percent from primary figures, with the largest increases in urban areas.

Elections officials said 257,021 of Louisiana’s 2.89 million registered voters had cast ballots by the time early voting ended Saturday, The Advocate reported.

Saturday’s ballot is topped by the race for governor between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter.

Political analyst John Couvillon said the early voting figures suggest that a 44 percent turnout is likely Saturday, up from 39 percent in the Oct. 24 primary.

Increases were higher among African-Americans and registered Democrats

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