Missouri presidential primary sets low turnout record
Friday, February 10, 2012 | 11:14 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY — Just 8 percent of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this week's presidential primary.
The turnout was the lowest ever for a presidential primary in Missouri. The lack of participation likely stems from the fact that the Republican results did not count toward awarding any delegates to the Republican National Convention.
The Democratic results did count for delegates, but President Barack Obama faced no serious opposition.
Figures from the secretary of state's office show that nearly 252,000 people voted in the Republican primary, won by Rick Santorum. Nearly 73,000 voted in the Democratic primary.
The turnout was far less than the 23 percent that had been projected by local election officials. In fact, only Barry County exceeded that threshold. Barely 3 percent voted in New Madrid County.
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