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Statewide election turnout near 20-year low, locally clerks say turnout high

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Published: Nov. 9, 2016 at 12:35 PM CST
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Turnout for the presidential election in Wisconsin appears to be a 20-year low, according to latest figures from the Associated Press.

Turnout in Tuesday's election was about 66 percent of the voting age population, based on unofficial results. Nearly all precincts were reporting Wednesday morning.

Locally, clerks in Marathon County said Tuesday's turnout was 87 percent of registered voters-- a number highly driven by the presidential race. In 2012, voter turnout was 75 percent in Marathon County.

Lincoln County saw a slight decrease in turn-out by about one percent. In 2012, 67.09 percent of Lincoln County residents voted, which is lower than this year's turn-out at 66.02 percent.

Wood County stayed steady with about 87 percent of its registered voters making it to the polls.

More than 2.9 million people voted in Wisconsin's Senate race, about 3,000 more than did in the presidential. The Wisconsin Elections Commission predicted about 3.1 million would cast ballots, which would have been roughly a 69 percent turnout.

If that number holds, it will be the lowest since 1996 when turnout was 58 percent. The past two presidential elections turnout was at or near 70 percent.

Democrats were hoping for a large turnout and the fact that it was lower than anticipated helps explain the victories of Donald Trump and incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

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