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Thursday, September 2, 2010

 2:32 PM 

GAB projects record primary turnout

The GAB is projecting a record-high 28 percent voter turnout -- about 1.2 million voters -- in the Sept. 14 primary election.

If accurate, the turnout would narrowly exceed the 27.9 percent primary turnout of the 1964 election, the record high for state primaries since 1960. The last election with a contested gubernatorial primary in 2002 saw a 22.5 percent voter turnout.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy attributed the likely "tremendous interest" in the primary to the open governor's race, open seats in 20 percent of legislative districts and contested primaries in many congressional races.

-- By Andy Szal

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