Higher Voter Turnout Than Expected

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Thursday, November 09 2006 Nov 9, 2006 Thursday, November 09, 2006 7:40:10 PM CST November 09, 2006 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - About 52% of registered voters turned out for the Nov. 7 elections in Missouri, higher than the 49% election officials predicted. The U.S. Senate race in which Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican incumbent Jim Talent had almost 2.1 million votes. Also topping the two million vote mark were the state auditor's race and ballot measures on stem cell research, a proposed tobacco tax increase and a minimum wage hike. The highest voter turnout was 65% in mid-Missouri's Osage County, where local races added to the attraction. The lowest turnout was in southeast Missouri's Pemiscot County, although the 35% turnout there was about three times what officials expected.

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