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6:22 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Kentucky Secretary Of State Predicts Dismal Primary Turnout

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The state's top election official is predicting that up to 90 percent of Kentucky's voters will skip Tuesday's primary election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told reporters Thursday the lack of interest among Kentucky's nearly 3 million voters has to do with the already sewn-up Republican presidential primary, as well as limited opposition for congressional and legislative seats that are up for election this year.

Early voting by people who can't get to the polls on Election Day has been minimal so far, a sure sign that interest is lagging. Based on that and other indicators, Grimes predicted turnout at between 10 and 12 percent.

Grimes said she expects the highest turnout to be in the 4th District where seven Republicans are seeking the GOP congressional nomination.