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Few Voters Cast Primary Ballot

There was a statewide election in Mississippi Tuesday. But if you didn't know about it, you're certainly not alone.

The only race on the ballot was a low key contest between two Democrats running for the U.S. Senate. There was very little publicity before this election, very little campaigning, and Tuesday very few voters.

Biloxi poll workers at Center Stage played the waiting game.

"Waiting for voters. Hoping they'll come out," poll worker Kay Broussard said.

Turnout for this Democratic primary was exceedingly slow.

"We've been here for four hours and we've had exactly two voters. And this is a precinct that has over three thousand voters. So, that should tell you something."

Same story at the St. Thomas precinct in Long Beach. A single Democratic race between two little-known candidates meant a long day for Nellie Abadie and her fellow poll workers.

Their responsibility is the same, regardless of voter turnout. By early afternoon, the sign in sheet showed just one voter.

"We have been here since six thirty this morning. And the polls opened at seven. And we didn't get our first voter until seven thirty. And that's the only one we've had all day," Abadie said.

Turnout was even slow at the heavily Democratic West North Gulfport precinct. Even those poll workers admit they rather be busier. They'd passed out just 22 stickers by early afternoon.

"People don't know about it. Because we didn't even know who we were voting for until we got here," poll worker Mary Ducksworth said.

Harrison County circuit clerk Gayle Parker expected turnout to be around 5 percent.

By Steve Phillips

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