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September 15, 2006


Did you see this comment from Steven Schier, a professor of political science at Carleton College :
Another surprise of the 2006 primary was the low GOP primary turnout. Democratic turnout constituted about 66% of all votes cast on September 12. In 2002, when neither party had important statewide races on the ballot, the Democratic turnout totalled a bit over 53% of votes cast. True, the AG and fifth district races on the Democratic side were bound to pull in more voters, and Republicans had no seriously contested statewide or congressional district races. But the gubernatorial and senatorial primaries for the GOP in 2006 had fewer total votes cast in them than in 2002. Does the low GOP primary turnout have implications for Minnesota this November? You can argue that one either way.


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