11 May 2010

W.Va. Primary: Early Voting

With the polls still open this hour, The Associated Press reports that nearly 40,500 West Virginians cast in-person early ballots for the primary.

That's higher than the early voting during the previous mid-term primary, in 2006.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by just under 2-to-1, came out to vote early by a slightly higher margin when compared to the GOP.

"Turnout was slightly greater in the 20-county 1st Congressional District than in the state's other two House districts," the article said. "Incumbent Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., faces state Sen. Mike Oliverio, D-Monongalia, in their party's primary. Six Republicans seek the GOP's nod to take on the winner in November."

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant issued a press release on the early voting figures.

Tennant's office also told AP that primary day voting started "without a hitch."

The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington reports that in Cabell County, "it’s been a slow but steady voter turnout so far on this rainy Tuesday morning."

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