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Turnout light at local precincts on primary day

McDuffie County voters didn't flock to the polls Tuesday.


Elections Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler posts results at the courthouse Tuesday night.

McDuffie County Elections Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler said about 1,600 voters - 13.66 percent of those registered - cast a ballot Tuesday.

"I think it's a little lower than I can remember it being, so I don't expect the runoff to be much higher," she said. "Maybe it will now that the field has been narrowed because those people who didn't vote (Tuesday) can vote in the runoff."

The big races on the ballot were the party battles for gubernatorial candidates.

In the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor beat Secretary of State Cathy Cox among local voters 50.75 percent to 45.01 percent. Statewide, Lt. Gov. Taylor garnered 51.54 percent, while Mrs. Cox received 44.09 percent.

On the other side, Gov. Sonny Perdue was local Republicans' overwhelming choice: He took nearly 92 percent of the local vote, besting Ray McBerry by more than 600 votes.

Voters will be heading back to the polls on Aug. 8 for runoffs in several statewide primaries, including the Democrat race for Lieutenant Governor, the Republican and Democrat race for Secretary of State and the Republican race for state Agriculture Commissioner.

Ms. Wheeler said voters must vote in athe runoff of the same party they voted in during Tuesday's primary.

Web posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006

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