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Commentary: North Dakota Republicans nearly double Democrats in strong midterm year primary turnout

Primary election voting began at 7 a.m. June 12, 2018. Forum file photo.

Voter turnout for last night’s primary election was surprisingly strong statewide despite a lack of competitive races on the statewide ballot, or even a single ballot measure. And the fact that this is a midterm election year and turnout is typically down anyway.

As of this morning there were over 114,000 ballots cast, good for a turnout percentage of 19.66 percent. Here’s how that stacks up historically.

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