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UPDATE: West Virginia Primary Turnout Less Than 20 Percent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/15/2014 2:00 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's secretary of state says voter turnout for this week's election was 19.7 percent, a 4-percent drop from a similar 2010 midterm primary.

Unofficial results show 241,020 ballots were cast this election.

About 46,800 people voted early and absentee combined, which Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office called a midterm primary record. Still, turnout remained low.

Midterm primary turnout has been cut in half since 1994, when 39 percent voted.

Tennant's office says there were minor issues, like incorrectly numbered precincts and inconvenient road construction. Logan and Hardy county precincts experienced power outages, but voting was uninterrupted after officials switched to battery backup.

A high profile U.S. Senate race featured primaries for Democrat Tennant and GOP Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. Both advanced easily against little-known opponents.

Canvassing begins Monday.

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UPDATE 5/13/2014 7:35 PM

Polls in West Virginia are now closed.

Keep it on TheNewsCenter.tv for the latest results.


UPDATE 5/13/2014 5:50 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says turnout in Tuesday's primary election has been low to moderate, and voting has gone smoothly.

Several primary races will set up more compelling November matchups, including one that will determine who will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Tennant and Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will likely advance Tuesday to a general election for that seat. Rockefeller, a Democrat, has held the post since 1985.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall is expected to advance to face Republican state Sen. Evan Jenkins in November.

The 100-seat state House of Delegates is up for election. A six-seat Democratic majority is in question. Seventeen of the Democratic state Senate's 34 seats are on the ballot. Few state races are contested.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Several races in West Virginia's primary will set up more compelling November matchups, including who will replace retiring long-time U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will likely advance Tuesday to a general election for that seat. Retiring Democrat Rockefeller will leave the spot open for the first time since 1985.

Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall is expected to move on to a general election fight against Republican state Sen. Evan Jenkins.

The 100-seat state House of Delegates is up for election. A six-seat Democratic majority is in question. However, fewer than half of the 67 districts feature a primary contest.

Seventeen of the state Senate's 34 seats are also on the ballot. Only four seats are contested Tuesday.

Low turnout is expected.

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