Ohio voter turnout not as high as projected

Posted by LS
Updated 11:50 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Voter turnout in Ohio appears likely to fall significantly short of the pre-election projection of 80 percent.

With only about a quarter of Ohio's 88 counties having reported full unofficial results Tuesday night, there was also a question of whether turnout would surpass the 72 percent mark of 2004. That set a record for an Ohio presidential election.

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said the lower turnout ay have been a result of a presidential race that did not appear very close in the late polls.

The weather was unseasonably balmy, with temperatures in the 70s.

Turnout was very high in some counties, up to 98 percent in Henry County.

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