Turnout Rises; Still Only 28%

New Mexico – Unofficial returns in New Mexico's primary election indicate that about 28 percent of eligible Republican and Democratic voters cast ballots.

More than 257,000 total votes were cast in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial returns on the secretary of state's web site.

That's almost 62,000 more votes than in the 2006 gubernatorial primary, when 22 percent of eligible Republicans and Democrats participated. Both major party candidates for governor ran unopposed in that primary election.

Turnout was down from the 2002 gubernatorial primary, when 34 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

In this year's primary, 28 percent of registered Democrats turned out to vote and 34 percent of Republicans.

The state Canvassing Board meets June 22 to certify official election returns.

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