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2012 turnout didn't exceed 2008 primary, preliminary numbers show

The unofficial turnout stat for Tuesday's primary election: 34.37 percent.

State election officials and anecdotal reports from election day suggested the turnout this year could surpass four years ago -- driven mostly by interest in the constitutional marriage amendment -- but it fell shy.

In the 2008 primary -- featuring a heated battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- 36.86 percent of voters went to the polls.

But more people did vote in 2012 (read: population growth) at 2,164,074 compared to 2,125,215 in 2008.


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late totals - absentees and provisionsal

There are probably 2,500 absentee ballots to be added to the totals next Tuesday, plus in 2008 there were 17,116 provisional ballots counted in the primary, I'd expect a similar number this year. So those two numbers will boost the final turnout a bit.

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