Alabama voter turnout lower than 2010

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Voter turnout for Alabama’s primary election Tuesday was much lower than four years ago.

With a few precincts still to report Wednesday morning, it appeared that more than 610,000 voters participated. When the final votes are counted, the turnout could approach 22 percent. The turnout for the primary four years ago was 32 percent, but both political parties had hot races for governor that year. The races for governor Tuesday were lopsided, with Republican incumbent Robert Bentley and Democrat Parker Griffith winning easily.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett had predicted a turnout of 25 to 27 percent, but he says it became clear early in the day that the turnout was going to be light.

He’s predicting the turnout for the runoff election July 15 will be about 5 percent.

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