Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 22 at 4:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The midterm election primary season is drawing record-low voter turnout in some states, a sign perhaps, of widespread apathy in both parties ahead of November's elections.

Campaign spending is poised to make history, but that hasn't drawn voters to the polls. Fifteen of the 25 states that have had statewide primary elections so far in 2014 each have reported record-low percentages of voters who participated. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate said Monday that only 18 million of the almost 123 million voters eligible to cast ballots in primaries have done so this year.

Democrats saw a 29 percent decline from 2010's primaries. Republicans posted a 15 percent decline in participation from the same year, although in 2010, tea party enthusiasm caused a spike in participation.

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