Less than 20 percent of voters came out for May primary

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On May 1, about 5,909 people exercised their right to vote in Coffee County - this is just less than 20 percent of Coffee County's total registered voter base (30,427).

In the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters set up a fall contest between Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, who both won spirited primaries with at least 60 percent of the vote.

The polls in all three counties will be open from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Whoever is chosen in the primary for state Rep. District 64, Sumter County Council District 2 and Sumter County Council District 6 will not face another name on the general election ballot.

Friday, May 4 marked the final day people could register to vote in the primary if they weren't already registered. Of those, 1,393 are registered as Republicans; 293 as Democrats; 271 as nonpartisan; and eight as Libertarians.

Pate wrote that voters across Iowa can request an absentee ballot through their county auditor's office.

"On this ballot are federal, state and county offices", said Weller.

As a preview for Wapello County, Weller, who is county elections deputy, said voters may be nominating up to two U.S. representatives, a candidate for governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, secretary of agriculture, attorney general, a state senator, state representatives, two county supervisors, the county treasurer, a candidate for recorder and for county attorney.

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Voters are also choosing nominees for some House districts expected to be competitive in November.

With a few months separating the county primary, the state primary and the general election, voters can take the time to reflect on which candidate is moving forward and can ponder who they will select in August. Paul Theobald will be the only Democrat to appear on the ballot for the race.

Both candidates from the Legislature race will advance to the general election on November 6.

As reported in Wednesday's Record-Herald, Brenda Mossbarger defeated incumbent Aaron Coole in a tight Republican primary auditor race, according to unofficial results. Whoever wins the primary will run uncontested in November.

Also on the Republican ticket for Dawes County voters are three candidates for treasurer. Candidates include Amy Kroeker, Ryan Hendricks, Adair Reese, Angela Gloy and Chris Fryzek.

Businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun is projected to win Indiana's GOP Senate primary, according to NBC.

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