Nebraska's top election official says turnout for Tuesday's primary topped 25 percent, and the percentage will grow once all provisional ballots are counted.
Secretary of State John Gale says he was pleasantly surprised by the number of registered voters who showed up at the polls.
Preliminary figures show 24 counties had at least 35 percent turnout. Boone County had the highest, with nearly 60 percent of registered voters casting a ballot.
The weakest turnout was here in northeast Nebraska, where Thurston County had less than 15 per cent turnout and Dakota county was second worst at just over 15 per cent.
Gale predicted a very high turnout for the November general election, which will include the presidential contest and a nationally watched U.S. Senate race between Democrat Bob Kerrey andRepublican Deb Fischer.
BECAUSE OF THIS SPRING'S CHANGEABLE WEATHER, ORANGE CITY'S TULIPS HAVE COME AND GONE, BUT THAT IS NOT PREVENTING THE CITIZENS FROM HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL TULIP FESTIVAL. ASHLEY SARAS, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SAYS THERE WILL BE TULIPS, JUST NOT IN THE GROUND:
THIS YEAR"S FESTIVAL BOASTS A MYRIAD OF ACTIVITIES AND SOME NEW THINGS FOR FOLKS TO ENJOY:
SARAS SAYS THE FESTIVAL BEGINS TONIGHT WITH A SPECIAL PROGRAM, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE EVENTS TAKE PLACE OVER THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OF THIS WEEK. SHE ADDS THAT THE THREE DAY EVENT IS MUCH MORE THAN THE TULIPS AND DESPITE THE LACK OF TULIPS IN THE GROUND, THE COMMUNITY IS EXPECTNG ABOUT 100 THOUSAND VISITORS.
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A majority of voters stayed away from the polls during tuesday's Nebraska primary. Only 15 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in Dakota County, a disappointing turnout considering the county used bi-lingual ballots to try and attract more hispanic voters to turn out for this election.
The biggest suprise may have come in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. State Senator Deb Fischer beat state attorney general Jon Bruning and state treasurer Don Stenberg for the right to face Democratic winner Bob Kerrey in November.
Fischer walked away with 41% of the votes against Bruning's 36% and Stenberg's 19%. Her campaign got a boost last week when Sarah Palin endorsed her. She won despite being outspent by each of her two better known opponents. Whoever wins in November between Fischer and Kerrey, who formerly held a U.S. Senate seat, will replace the retiring Ben Nelson in Washington D.C.
All three Republican Congressmen, Jeff Fortenberry, Lee Terry, and Adrian Smith won easily. Democrat Korey Reiman will oppose Fortenberry in November.
Incumbent Dave Bloomfield, who was appointed to the Unicameral in 2010, and former South Sioux City educator Van Phillips were the top two vote getters for the District 17 state senate seat.Bloomfield collected over 50% of the votes in the three county district race which had four candidates entered.
Eight of nine candidates running for four seats on the South Sioux City Council advanced to the November election. Randy Meyer failed to make the cut.
All three Democrats and the lone Republican running for the Dakota County Commission advanced.
In the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney won with over 70 per cent of the vote.
Jim Pillen and David Copple were the top two finishers in the district 3 state board of regents race.