Fewer than 1 in 5 Missourians vote in primary

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | 6:07 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Fewer than one in five registered voters actually cast a ballot in Missouri's primary elections.

Voter turnout Tuesday was around 19 percent, according to unofficial calculations.

That's far shy of the 31 percent turnout that had been projected by election officials.

The governor's race was the top draw.

The Republican, Democrat and Libertarian gubernatorial candidates garnered a total of more than 754,000 votes. More people voted in the Republican primary where Congressman Kenny Hulshof defeated Treasurer Sarah Steelman than in the Democratic primary, where Attorney General Jay Nixon cruised to victory.

Missouri has about 4 million registered voters.


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