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High turnout expected in Alabama presidential primary

By PHILLIP RAWLS
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's chief election official estimates that turnout for Tuesday's primary election will be high, but that it will fall short of the record set four years ago.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman estimates that 28.9% of voters will participate in the election. She says the Republican presidential candidates' emphasis on Alabama should ensure a good turnout, particularly with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich returning to Alabama on the eve of the election.

Alabama's record turnout for a presidential primary occurred in 2008, when 42.6% of the registered voters participated. But that was an unusual year when there were hot contests in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

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