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Voter turn-out lower than expected during primaries

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Just over 550,000 Wisconsinites voted in the fall primaries 15 days ago. State elections' officials said yesterday that 12.7-percent of eligible voters went to the polls -- less than the predicted turnout of 15-percent.

Those who stayed home missed some very close races -- including the Republican primary for the east central Wisconsin U-S House seat, that was decided by just one-third of one-percent. Republican Glenn Grothman was nominated by the closest margin for a Wisconsin House contest since 1970. He'll face Democrat Mark Harris in November, for the state's only open House seat which is being given up by Fond du Lac Republican Tom Petri.

Primary voters also chose Democrat Susan Happ over two others to face Republican Brad Schimel in November for state attorney general. Both are county district attorneys who hope to replace Republican J-B Van Hollen.

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