Regional
8:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Voter Turnout Drops In N.M. Primary

Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the primary election than the last time the state selected gubernatorial nominees.

According to unofficial election returns from the secretary of state's office, about 20 percent of registered Democrats and Republicans cast ballots in last week's primary.

That turnout rate is down from 28 percent in 2010.

A total of 201,498 votes were cast compared with 258,614 in 2010. That's a drop of about 22 percent.

Turnout ranged from 13 percent in Dona Ana County to 52 percent in Guadalupe County.

Voter turnout often is driven high profile competitive races.

Democrats had a five-way gubernatorial contest this year and GOP Gov. Susana Martinez was unopposed.

In 2010, Martinez won a five-way GOP gubernatorial primary and the Democratic nominee was unopposed.

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