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Low Turnout in Utah

That’s bad news for Dan Liljenquist: “Voting was off to a slow start Tuesday in Utah’s primary election. Polling places around Salt Lake City were averaging about 50 voters per location halfway through the day. “This is the lightest I’ve ever seen for a primary,” Sugar House election official Mary Rasmussen said midmorning. She said she has been working at polling locations for eight years. Early balloting and mail-in voting may be responsible for lower-than-average turnout, election officials said.”

UPDATE: A fair point from the comments:


Why is that necessarily bad news for Liljenquist? I always thought conventional wisdom dictates that low turnout favors those with the most enthusiastic supporters. Hatch might be a heavy favorite, but that doesn’t mean his supporters are enthusiastic.


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