Voter Turnout Low for Republican Presidential Primary

Registrars in all three towns say voting has been slow Tuesday as Republicans choose their nominee for November's election.


As anticipated, voter turnout for today's Republican Primary in Connecticut has been low, according to polling officials.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, 72 Republican voters had cast a ballot at Killingworth Elementary School. The number is less than six percent of the 1,222 registered Republicans in town.

In Middlefield, 36 Republicans had voted so far at the Middlefield Community Center, a small percentage of the 605 Republicans registered to there.

Voter turnout in Durham was equally as low as, according to moderator Lou Battapaglia, who said 108 Republicans had come through the doors at Korn Elementary School. The town has 1,366 registered Republicans. 

"We're hoping to get 200," Battapaglia said.

Today's Presidential Primary is nearly three months later than the state's 2008 primary, when Republicans and Democrats voted on Feb. 5, a day known as "Super Tuesday."

Polls will remain open across the state until 8 p.m. Check back with Patch for results.

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