West Virginia Sees 40 Percent Turnout for Primary Election

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is reporting that 40 percent of registered voters turned out for its primary election.

A secretary of state news release about the unofficial results says the Mountain State cast 487,550 ballots with 54 of 55 counties reporting. Braxton County is the county that isn’t reporting.

The release says the total tops unofficial primary results of 27 percent in 2012 and 36 percent in 2008. Official turnout totals in 2008 ended up at 43 percent.

Secretary of state spokeswoman Briana Wilson says it’s possible that this year’s results could go up a few percentage points after votes are canvassed and totals are made official.

The primary was Tuesday. Canvassing begins Monday.