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Lowest Presidential Primary Turnout Since Current System Started

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Through the day on Tuesday,  visitors to polling places around Connecticut remarked on the sparse turnout for the Republican Presidential Primary .  And today, the official figures confirm their sense of things.  Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says voter turnout was 14.4 percent,  the lowest percentage since the current presidential preference primary in 1980.

Merrill says a total of 59,969 registered Republicans cast ballots.  with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney receiving 67.5% of the vote;  Ron Paul, 13.5%; Newt Gingrich,  10.3%;  and Rick Santorum,  6.8% support. Two per cent of those who cast ballots chose the uncommitted slot.

The town with the highest voter turnout percentage was Wethersfield, with 41.1% of registered Republicans voting.  The lowest voter turnout was in Bridgeport,  where 7.7% of registered Republicans cast ballots.

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