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Voter turnout anemic for NC 2nd primaries

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's voter turnout for the primary runoff is on track to match or break a record low.

The executive director of the State Board of Elections says turnout could be 2.5 percent, which would match lows set in recent years for a Republican labor commissioner race and an appellate judicial race.

Executive Director Gary Bartlett said by mid-morning Tuesday, 10 people had voted in Tyrell County and 14 in Camden County. The largest precinct in Wake County, the seat of state government, had 23 voters. Wayne County was humming with 350 voters.

Voters already picked their party favorites in the May 8 primary, but some first-place candidates failed to receive the more than 40 percent needed to win outright, requiring the top two vote-getters to advance to a runoff.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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