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Turnout in primary around 10 percent

Officials predicted 15 percent turnout

MADISON, Wis. - Turnout in Wisconsin's primary election appears to have fallen below projections.

State election officials predicted turnout would be 15 percent of the voting-age population. But based on preliminary totals only 10 percent showed up to vote. Final totals won't be known until early next week after all the votes are canvassed.

Four years ago when there were competitive Republican and Democratic primaries for governor turnout was nearly 20 percent.

But this year there was no premier statewide race to capture voters' attention. The biggest one was on the Democratic side for attorney general where Susan Happ defeated two challengers.

Turnout is likely to be much higher for the Nov. 4 general election in which Gov. Scott Walker faces Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

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