Voter Turnout For Primary Election Lower Than 4 Years Ago

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The Ohio Secretary of State's office reports voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election was less than in the last comparable primary for governor and other statewide offices four years ago.

The office says 16.65 percent of Ohio's registered voters cast ballots for the election. That's low compared with turnout of just over 22 percent reported in the May 2010 primary.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald easily won the Democratic primary for governor, setting up a high-stakes showdown with incumbent Republican John Kasich in November.

Tuesday's ballot also included congressional and state legislative primaries and one statewide issue. Voters approved the renewal of a public works program for upgrades to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

Unofficial state results show 1,284,718 ballots cast out of 7,715,103 registered voters.