Alabama GOP runoff turnout nearly equals primary

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The turnout for the Republican runoff was nearly as good as the GOP primary June 1, but the Democratic turnout fell considerably with only one statewide race on the ballot.

The turnout traditionally declines from the primary to the runoff because there are fewer races to draw voters. The GOP primary June 1 drew 492,897 voters, while unofficial returns for the runoff Tuesday show 465,281 people voted for governor.

Participation on the Democratic side fell from 318,330 in the primary to 117,064 in the runoff, when there was only a statewide race for attorney general.

Some Republicans had been concerned that many people who voted in the Democratic primary would cross over to the Republican runoff, but Republican Party spokesman Philip Bryan says there is no evidence of large numbers.

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