18 percent turnout for Tuesday's primary; Runoff expected lower

18 percent turnout for Tuesday's primary; Runoff expected lower

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Tuesday saw the race for Jeff Sessions' Senate seat slim down from 18 candidates to just three. Republicans Roy Moore and incumbent Luther Strange, along with Democrat Doug Jones, are still in the running.

The primary was, in part, defined by the low voter turnout. According to Secretary of State John Merrill, fewer than 1 in 5 voters came out to the polls, about 18 percent.

On the Democratic side, Jones cruised to victory, winning easily over the remaining candidates with well over 60 percent of the vote. His closest competitor didn't top the 20 percent mark.

Moore and Strange will head to a runoff since neither GOP candidate received the 50 percent needed to win the nomination outright.

Merrill said he expects the Sept. 26 runoff election to see an even lower turnout, somewhere in the 10 to 12 percent range, adding that when it comes to winning elections with low voter turnout, energizing voters for each candidate's base becomes extremely important.

To see the voter turn out in individual counties, CLICK HERE.

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