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Record low turnout for presidential primary in Chicago

March 20, 2012|By David Kidwell
  • A voter prepares to cast a ballot in Chicago.
A voter prepares to cast a ballot in Chicago. (John Gress / Getty Images )

Reporting from Chicago — Chicago election officials predicted the lowest turnout in a presidential primary in city history.

It was 15% at 2 p.m., and the previous low was 32% in 1996, said Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

“It’s going to be the lowest,” Neal said. “The real issue" is how low.

He said he was crossing his fingers that the turnout might reach 20%.

There is no big Democratic city-wide primary in Chicago. Four years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama was at the top of the Democratic ticket seeking the presidential nomination.

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