Election Turnout As Low As 2%

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Lincoln – The rainy weather gave the special election in the 18th Congressional district a November feel in early July.

To save money all of the cities precincts in the Logan County town voted in a single location for candidates on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots.  Turnout in Lincoln was steady but slow.

Turnout is low throughout central Illinois for the special primary election to help determine ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's replacement.

County clerks estimated turnout Tuesday afternoon was as low as 2 percent in some regions and nearly 10 percent in others.

The election in GOP-heavy territory features a classic Republican primary with party-backed candidate state Sen. Darin LaHood facing conservative writer Michael Flynn, who's received tea party support.

LaHood is the son of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Flynn helped start a website with late commentator Andrew Breitbart. One other Republican and two Democrats are running.

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