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Tucson primary election turnout low

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The turnout for the primary election was expected to be pretty low.

Just how low is uncertain because Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez didn't want to hazard a guess. 

"I won't make a prediction," she says. 

It's possible the turnout in Maricopa County will be higher because the candidates spent most of their time, energy and money there but it's not certain.

Pima County sent out 225,000 mail in ballots but only 100,000 have been returned.

That's unusual because in most main in elections can see an 80 to 90 percent return. 

"We won't know until tonight," Rodriguez says. "Maybe tomorrow."

It's possible it may have something to do with the slate of candidates. There are only two or three contested races on the Democratic ballot.

But there's a full slate of Republicans "and they're not much better," she says of the turnout. "You'd think they would be turning out in droves."

Only 20,000 independents requested ballots which can be either party.

"That's pretty low," she says.

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