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Turnout expectations low ahead of second primary

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have voted in May, but North Carolina’s primary campaign wraps up tomorrow. Meanwhile candidates are still trying to get the word out about the election.

The Associated Press reports fewer than 37,000 people statewide took advantage of early voting in the second primary, and tomorrow’s turn-out does not look too promising.

“I was not aware there was an election tomorrow,” Wilmington voter Rachel Knox said.

She was not alone. Most of the people we talked with Monday did not know about Tuesday’s second primary.

“I did know that. Yea,” Kim Ewonus of Wilmington said. But the only reason he knew was a reminder from the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

“When they sent me a thing with my new polling place, it also said when the next election was,” Ewonus said.

“I haven’t heard about it,” Knox said. “I feel like it hasn’t been publicized very well.”

The voting will finish determining the candidates on November’s ballot for five of the state’s most important public positions, including one of the bigger run-offs between Republicans Tony Gurley and Dan Forest for Lt. Governor.

Republicans will also vote for insurance commissioner, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.

The superintendent’s race pits Wake County school board member John Tedesco against special education teacher Richard Alexander of Monroe. They differ on whether the job should ultimately remain a statewide elected position. The winner will take on Democrat June Atkinson.

Only one statewide runoff is for a Democratic nomination. John Brooks and Marlowe Foster want to challenge Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry in November.

But with no local candidates on the ballot, Tuesday’s turn-out is looking pretty bleak.

“I don’t know,” Ewonus said of going to the polls. “If I do, I won’t know a whole lot about it. I’m not even sure yet.”

“I feel like I would be an uninformed voter if I went out tomorrow,” Knox said.

Just how low are expectations? New Hanover County Elections Director Marvin McFadyen says if there is a two-percent voter turnout tomorrow, which is about 3,000 people in the county, it would be considered high. Only 270 came out for early voting.

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