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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Report: In Illinois Primary, Chicago Turnout Lowest in 70 Years

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March 21, 2012

Turnout in Chicago on Tuesday was the lowest for a presidential primary in 70 years, election officials told CBS.

Republican Mitt Romney handily won in Illinois. But only 24 percent of Chicago residents voted, according to officials, who blamed the low turnout on the lack of a Democratic contest.

“It’s very, very disappointing,” Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, told CBS. “I think what it indicates is that a lack of a contest on the Democratic side at the top of the ticket really did cause our voters not to be engaged in this election.”

 

Voters chose to stay home in parts of the rest of the state as well: Turnout was low in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties.

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